Saddle, the margarita and burrito spot that spun off Cox and The Rickshaw, bid farewell last night with a closing party that saw the bar’s fans turn up in droves. It also attracted the local police, whose interest lay not in enjoying the free Qingdao but in confiscating empty chairs and tables out front – unfortunately, after an initial four, there weren’t any to be had. The police parked their van out front, practically blocking the door, and appeared half-bored and half-annoyed. Which made me think – is dealing with the foreigners who habituate this area some kind of punishment?
Police chief: “Officer Lu, your performance has been substandard. We are transferring you to Sanlitun.”
Officer Lu [falling to the floor and clutching his head]: “Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!”
Anyway, numerous regulars and some of the original wait staff were on hand and, at least the short time I was there, had a great time. Look for the owners behind this spot to open elsewhere soon.