#Paris #restaurants #perched cabins
February 20, 2018
For more than a century, Parisians have been lured out of the city and into the nearby village of Le Plessis-Piquet to live charming summer evenings among the big trees of the canton. What started out as outdoor dance halls called “guinguettes», transformed into cabarets in the trees after the construction by the restorer Joseph Gueusquin The Big Robinson in 1848.
Inspired by the treehouse featured in The Swiss Robinson family, the unique establishment hoisted visitors atop the branches of a thick horse chestnut tree to dine dozens of meters above their party mates. Over the next few decades, copycat restaurants began popping up in the city’s trees, staging donkey races and building large swings to persuade diners to steer clear of their many competitors. This crop of new guinguettes in the trees forced Gueusquin to rename his salon “Le Vrai de Arbre Robinson” (The Real Tree Robinson) in 1888, which let customers know they were dining in the original cabin in Le Plessis- Picket.
In 1909, after 60 years of runaway success with the popular treehouses, the town changed its name to Le Plessis-Robinson. Today, none of the treetop bars in the Parisian suburbs remain (the last one closed in 1976), but the memory of the treetop revelry remains in the few forgotten boards hanging from the city’s tall trees. . (via Jeroen Apers)
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