If you have traveled up iconic St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans, then you may have noticed an odd glass and metal building sitting back from the road, raised off the ground at Josephine St. It is rather commanding to say the least. It is the former Restaurant de la Tour Eiffel, and it has quite the history. It was built in 1889 atop the Eiffel Tower for the Paris Exposition, and became a restaurant in 1939. Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Brigitte Bardot and Charlie Chaplin all dined there when it was located in Paris. In 1981, there was a call to dismantle it, but a New Orleans’ chef had plans for it and paid 1.5 million to ship it to the city. It was reassembled here some fourteen feet off the ground. It finally opened in 1986 to a sold out crowd. It is no longer a restaurant but the building still stands at 2040 St. Charles Avenue where the world’s streetcar line rumbles past, and currently houses a modern, upscale dance club.
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