A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about a friend of mine being denied tables at dessert purveyor Sweet Lady Jane. Well, I think I’ve uncovered the truth behind the seating fiasco.
You see, the building that houses Sweet Lady Jane used to house the original Ma Maison. Back in Ma Maison’s heyday, it was Orson Welles’ favorite restaurant. In fact, he ate there nearly every day, including the day before he died in 1985. Rumor has it that he loved the place so much that he never left.
Apparently, ol’ Orson’s ghost is seen in the building regularly, usually accompanied by the scent of a lit cigar. My guess is that he doesn’t like to be bothered by crowds, and the staff at Sweet Lady Jane was just doing his bidding. So, if you’re ever denied seating there, I say, blame Orson. Especially if you smell cigar smoke.