‘Beloved’ Galatoire’s waiter retires after more than a half-century of restaurant service

Picture credit: Galatoire’s via Facebook
A “beloved” waiter who has worked at Galatoire’s for more than half a century has retired, the French Quarter fine dining establishment announced on Thursday.

Described as a “mainstay” of Galatoire’s dining room and a “local celebrity” of sorts, the restaurant said that waiter John Fontenot decided to hang it up after 56 years of service French Quarter service industry work.

John delighted patrons with his colorful stories and many, many jokes,” Galatoire’s said in its social media announcement. “We wish him well in his much-deserved retirement. He will certainly be missed!

Galatoire’s is located at 209 Bourbon St.

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