Thursday, January 24, 2008

Reserve Your Table Now

By 2010-- just two years away -- melomanes seeking a place to dine after an evening of Verdi or Puccini at the Opera Garnier won't have to dodge a single raindrop.

According to Le Figaro, plans are underway to install a luxury 200-seat, 4000 s.f. restaurant inside the fabled opera house, under the rotunda on the east side of the building.

Opera officials are currently reviewing proposals by a number of hopeful restaurateurs, and are expected to announce the name of the lucky winning bid in mid-February. Construction should begin in June.

(I guess that means No More Rice Krispies for lunch.)

Just thinking about possible names for the new restaurant gives me goosebumps.

2 comments:

Passementerie said...

About time! I couldn't *believe* it when I discovered that you couldn't eat at the Palais Garnier! In the Royal Opera House in London you can have your starter and main course before the performance and return for dessert and coffee during the interval if you wish. Or if you are not that hungry you can have fabulous sandwiches with your champagne in the stunning floral hall. It contributes very much to the whole "making an evening of it" aspect, which I found sadly lacking here in Paris. Apart from anything else, I have no doubt that it is a very lucrative business for the ROH.

Polly said...

Yes, it's definitely an idea whose time has come.

Just wondering if anyone got my feeble attempt at a Rice Krispies joke?

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