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Bouillon Chartier (triptych)

By bliba  
Restaurant Le Chartier. The Chartier Restaurant (also called Bouillon Chartier) in Paris is much talked about. It opened in 1896 as a kind of soup kitchen for the poor in a former station waiting hall and has hardly changed externally since then. The turn-of-the-century décor with dark wood trim and huge wall mirrors is still in its original state, including hundreds of small drawers and boxes on the walls where regular customers could store their own cutlery at the time.

To the amazement of the guests, orders are noted directly on the paper tablecloth and the bills are totalled by hand on the same.

Thanks for all votes, comments , the GEA and awards yesterday, they are as always much appreciated.
Thanks for looking.


Tags: France Photo journalism Triptych Monochrome Bnw photography Bouillon Chartier

Voters: RonDM, Minty805, Philip_H and 54 more

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Minty805 Plus
6 45 10 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2022 3:17PM
Extraordinary. I've certainly never seen a bill presented in that way - at least everyone knows exactly what they're spending. Bags of atmosphere here.
pablophotographer 11 2.1k 431
13 Aug 2022 3:34PM
cats_123 Plus
18 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
13 Aug 2022 3:55PM
You can't deny having had the food!! 😁
13 Aug 2022 3:56PM
Wonderful images and info Oliver.👏
saltireblue Plus
12 13.4k 83
13 Aug 2022 4:04PM
Three moments in time from a very intricate story, developed and perfected over many decades...
cooky Plus
18 6 8 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2022 4:42PM
Totally great capture and narrative and so glad that tradition is kept. No awards left today but I can have another peep tomorrow!

woolybill1 Plus
16 39 79 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2022 5:09PM
A superb reportage triptych.

I have encountered the system but a long time ago - I think in the Eifelgebirge circa 1966 . . .

Have a good Sunday!

mac Plus
21 14 Scotland
13 Aug 2022 5:22PM
A super triptych, showing the eccentricity of this restaurant, I would think making it unique, in Paris. However, it seems to work, plus more modest prices for the meals, will keep the customers returning.
mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.5k 2563 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2022 5:26PM
Professionalism. A place that cares about standards rather than Facebook. And the tradition of noting and totting up the order on the paper place mat, I remember that from many years ago.
13 Aug 2022 6:11PM
I'm happy to be vote number 30. Many thanks for the posts and images.

LexEquine Plus
16 1 20 United States
13 Aug 2022 6:56PM
"Superlative & beautiful Triptych Presentation, Oliver !!"

Regards,…..Peter {LEx} Wink
13 Aug 2022 9:55PM
Timeless, soothing, enigmatic…
14 Aug 2022 6:49AM
A tantalizing triple, Ollie.

John Smile
TrevBatWCC Plus
14 13 19 England
14 Aug 2022 11:15AM
An excellent triptych, Ollie, very well thought out and arrangement of images 😃👍🏻
Trev 😀
14 Aug 2022 12:04PM

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