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Le Grand Café


Architect : Golfione
49, place d'Allier, Moulins
Date : 1899







Le Grand Café, bar and brasserie on the Place d'Allier, is one of the most beautiful in France. Included in the Inventory of Historical Monuments, it has retained its decoration of 1899. With an Art Nouveau style (some parts are Art Deco), its walls are decorated with mirrors whose reflections combined deploy space to infinity. 












Mr Renoux, a waiter at the Parisian brasserie Lipp decided, with Italian architect Golfione, to create a brewery in Moulins. 
















Golfione there realized a decoration inspired by Art Nouveau and entrusted the decoration of the ceiling fresco to Auguste Sauroy which represents the legend of Gambrinus, deity to whom is attributed the invention of beer.













 
 


Young Maurice Chevalier sang in this bar before 1914. It would also in this setting that Gabrielle Chanel had acquired the nickname "Coco" in interpreting few ditties on the balcony of the Grand Café, a mythical place which was also frequented over the years by other celebrities. This balcony lined with a wrought iron railing was to receive an orchestra.