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1988 Art Nouveau Menu from Iconic Paris Restaurant Le Grand Café Capucines
Le Grand Café Capucines opened in 1875 in conjunction with the Opera House (Garnier Opera) in Paris' famous ninth arrondissement, the theater district. It is still operating today and although it has undergone renovations, it retains its Art Nouveau style and Belle Epoque decor. This mini-menu from the iconic restaurant showcases desserts and drinks. Note the second column from the left with long and short drinks. "With the Belle Epoque are born the famous American Bars where appeared in profusion the Cocktails with the names known all over the world and become classics ..." I confess to feeling like an accessory to a crime when I first got this menu, imagining the previous owner slipping it surreptitiously into their bag, a stolen souvenir. However, all moral concerns faded when I saw the fine print at the bottom left side: October 1, 1988. Yes, this menu is almost 30 years old! Since then the menu design has been revised and the menus replaced -- no doubt several times. So this menu could well have been a giveaway. I do know that in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the braisserie continued to use this Art Nouveau design of the four ladies in their marketing because postcards were distributed at the restaurant, encouraging customers to send it to their friends! Please note that I have included direct scans and photos, but it is difficult to capture all the colors accurately due to the plastic cover and metallic gold accents. The menu background is a light peach or salmon: not pink, not orange, but in between. The plastic cover is open at the right end and on the back side, a small section has been creased over. But overall, especially considering its age, this menu is in overall fine vintage condition.
Folded size: about 8.25 by 6 inches.
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