• Cafe Procope - limonadier opened in 1686 Paris

    1 month ago - By Researching Food History

    The first successful cafe in Paris sold lemonade, liquor, coffee, ices... and was across from the state theater Comedie Francaise. Its many famous patrons included Voltaire, Rousseau, Diderot, Marat, Robespierre, George Sand and Benjamin Franklin.
    Limonadier Francesco Procopio from Sicily opened his cafe in 1686 and it still is in the Latin Quarter at 13 rue de l'Ancienne Comedie. Street vendors selling lemonade were so numerous that they were officially recognized a decade earlier, in 1676, with the formation of the ‘Compagnie de Limonadiers'.
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