Sunday, February 19, 2017

"Workmen's cafe overwhelmed with customers after it is accidentally awarded a Michelin star"

From The Telegraph, Feb. 19:
 Customers looking for a fine dining experience were surprised when they turned up to find the cheap and cheerful cafe in Bourges, central France
A workmen’s café in central France was overwhelmed with gourmet customers and TV crews after it was awarded a Michelin star by mistake.

Prospective diners were astounded when they turned up at Le Bouche à Oreille, in the small town of Bourges, to find a cheap and cheerful eatery with red and white polka dot tablecloths, serving a fixed price lunch menu with homemade lasagna or beef bourguignon for about €10 (£8.50).

The Michelin Guide apologised, saying it had confused the café with a more refined establishment of the same name near Paris. The listing was changed on its website, but not until two days later.

Véronique Jacquet, who runs the café, said it had a regular clientèle of local tradesmen.
“Suddenly, we were rushed off our feet," she said. "Reporters were coming in and then my son phoned me from Paris, where he lives. He almost died laughing.”...MORE 
It need not have been a disaster for the wannabe diners. If they had a lot of pull they could dash down to Roanne to the 3-star the Troisgros clan has been running for 60 years.