My friend, Lindsey, and I decided we had better hurry up and eat at Patsel's before they close in August, and am I ever glad we did. This place is so wonderful! The food was good (you can tell they have a chef on the staff), but the sights were even better than the food, a feast for the eyes. I love wild paint and decoration, so I was in fantasy land. It was like I had fallen down the rabbit hole into Wonderland.
The entry way is covered and the building is surrounded by lush gardens, with fanciful gates.
The checks are hand painted, but I think the flowers are decals. Very beautiful. I want one. Now, when you walk in a powder room like this, you can't help but feel very special.
Patsel's is owned by Pat and John Atkins. We met Mr. Atkins; he wanted to make sure that we were properly seated. He says the place really belongs to his wife and he is just the husband. They opened their doors on August 31, 1999, and will close the doors on August 31, 2014. Rumor has it that the Keystone Culinary Arts Department will buy it. Pat and John are going to be a very difficult act to follow. They obviously have impeccable taste, and an eye for minute detail, because everything, and I do mean everything was perfect. The staff was well trained, pleasant, and efficient. The food was delicious and of course, the surroundings were out of this world. I hope that Pat and John can find something else to do with their talents, during their "retirement." Now, hurry up y'all, and make reservations while there is still time!