In 1848, a French commune built a cabaret in an interconnected tree based on the Swiss family Robinson



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#Paris #restaurants #shades in the trees

Feb. 20, 2018

Kate sierzputowski

For more than a century, Parisians have been drawn out of the city and into the neighboring village of Plessis-Piquet to experience charming summer evenings among the tall trees of the canton. What began as open-air dance halls called “guinguettes”, turned into cabarets in the trees after the construction of the restaurant owner Joseph Gueusquin The Great Robinson in 1848.

Inspired by the treehouse depicted in The Swiss Family Robinson, the unique establishment has hoisted visitors up to the upper branches of a thick chestnut tree to dine dozens of feet above their reveling comrades. Over the following decades, copycat restaurants began appearing in trees across town, staging donkey races and building large tree swings to persuade diners to step away from their many competitors. This harvest of new tree houses forced Gueusquin to rename his salon “Le Vrai de Arbre Robinson” (The True Robinson Tree) in 1888, which let patrons know they were dining in the tree house. origin of Plessis-Piquet.

In 1909, after 60 years of dazzling success with popular tree houses, the town changed its name to Le Plessis-Robinson. Today, there are no longer any bars in the trees of the Parisian suburbs (the last one closed in 1976), but the memory of the festivities in the trees remains in the few forgotten boards stuck to the big trees of the city. (via Jeroen Apers)

#Paris #restaurants #shades in the trees

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