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If This Is Paris, Forget It

"La Petite France is such an authentic French dining experience you'll forget you're in Richmond"? [Restaurant review, July 24.] I have eaten at fine dining establishments in Washington, D.C., Miami, Atlanta and on cruise ships across the Caribbean. I have never been to France, and if La Petite France is indicative of authentic French dining then I will remove France from my list of places to visit.

I guess authentic means snooty staff that will only occasionally visit your table. My party had two couples and a baby, on our last visit; and from the looks we got from their staff, I think they would have liked to have lost our reservation. (By the way, the baby never made a sound the entire evening.)

I guess authentic means extremely small portions. After you spend well over $200 for a meal for four, you should not leave the establishment hungry. My date and I had ordered Rack of Lamb for Two. We got, count 'em, two bites of lamb each. To be fair, the food was very good. But, indifferent service, poor attitude, very high prices and very small portions are not my idea of a gem.

In a few restaurants I have been in, truly fine service and attitude can make an average meal a really delightful experience. La Petite France was not one of those.

Stewart Kessler



Grow Up, Hashers

Great cover story! ["Beer Run," Aug. 7.] How about: "U.Va. Frat Boys Have Beer Blast and Act Stupid" for a follow-up?

Jeff Whitmore



Corrections

In "Beer Run" [Aug. 7] Hashers were mistakenly referred to as self-proclaimed "runners with a drinking problem" instead of "drinkers with a running problem."

In "The Money Tree" [Aug 14] Style reported that First Union had entered Richmond when it merged with Signet in 1997. Actually, First Union came into Richmond in 1993 from Roanoke when it purchased that city's Dominion Bankshares. Dominion Bankshares, while it was headquartered in Roanoke, had become a Richmond presence when it purchased Richmond's Metropolitan National Bank and merged with Second National Bank of Richmond in 1967.

Style regrets the errors.
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