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Restaurant Features Butler-Maid Service
By Rosalie McGinnis, The Dallas Morning News
1 July 1964
A new restaurant featuring butler-maid service will open at 3525 Turtle Creek Wednesday.
Al Blatz, an official of the corporation operating Le Salon Vert, said the service is new to Dallas.
It is designed to eliminate finger snapping, glass tapping, menu waving and whistling for a waiter or waitress. A man and woman team will serve each station, one staying in the dining room and the partner working in the kitchen.
“This relieves a lot of congestion in the kitchen, and you don't have to look around for a waiter,” he said.
Mr. Batz is executive vice president, general manager and stockholder of La Ronde Restaurants Inc. of Honolulu, Hawaii, which he said operates the world's first revolving restaurant there. Mr. Batrz came to Dallas “because we needed to expand, and Honolulu was too small for us,” Mr. Batz said.
His company leased space in the 3525 Turtle Creek apartment building from Dillingham Corp. of Honolulu. “We work closely with them,” Mr. Batz said.
The Dallas restaurant, which will seat 80 to 100 persons, will have some 18 employees. The chef will be a native of Hawaii, John Esso. The restaurant will have a French menu, but the dishes are well-known foods, Mr. Batz said.
The, La Salon Vert, was inspired by the green of the drapes installed by the buildings owners. “The drapes were so beautiful and green — $10,000 worth — we just decorated around them,” Mr Batz said. The decor is in green and gold.
Buffet luncheons served by waiters, and dinners two hours long, with an intermission, will be served six days a week. The restaurant will feature brunch and dinner on Sundays.
Mr. Batz, a native of France, has had considerable experience in the restaurant business in this country, including service as a consultant for U.S. Navy cafeterias. He received his trainging in catering work in Pairs and Cairo.
A paratrooper in the U.S. Army during World War II, Mr. Batz said:
“What puzzled me, instead of winding up in a nice officers' club dining room, I was made a machine gunner.”
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