French diners rally with #TousAuBistrot campaign

Posted on Nov 18 2015 - 7:58pm by Ashley Rey

French diners rally with #TousAuBistrot campaign
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Paris rallies around its restaurant industry.
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By Sarah Spigelman Richter2015-11-18 19:58:57 UTC

In the face of terror and mayhem, Paris has found a place to gather for community and solace: the dinner table.
On Tuesday evening, Parisians across the city went out to dinner as part of restaurant site Le Fooding’s social media campaign #TousAuBistrot, reports The Verge.

So we were at @pasdeloupparis last night… we ate, we drank… and we also had a moment of silence #tousaubistrot pic.twitter.com/BlbVtrO8Ez
— Shayan Sanyal (@shay_I_am) November 18, 2015

The hashtag, which roughly translates to “everyone to the bar,” and its campaign to get people out to restaurants and bars, was created in an effort to bolster spirits, provide a sense of community and especially show defiance to the acts of terrorism that happened in Paris on Friday, Nov. 13.
That night, 129 people were killed in terrorist attacks committed by the Islamic State (ISIS) at the Bataclan concert hall during a concert and at several different restaurants and bars across the city, including Le Carillon, Le Petit Cambodage, Cosa Nostra and La Belle Epoque.
An additional 352 people were injured in the attacks.
The hashtag campaign also asked participants for a moment of silence at 9 p.m. to honor the victims of the attacks.
The #TousAuBistrot initiative’s purpose was

– To commemorate the victims of the attacks.
– To support all those working in the restaurant and entertainment industry, targeted by these deadly attacks.
– In solidarity with Paris, France will not give into fear.

This movement to get people out to restaurants is not only symbolic, but critical to keep Paris’s economy and momentum alive.
The city is heavily reliant upon tourism, with over 22 million visitors checking into Paris hotels in 2014 and those tourists bring in much of Parisian restaurants’ revenue.
Fearing a drop in tourism due to the attacks, paired with Parisians themselves feeling scared to venture out again to restaurants, those in the hospitality industry are concerned with their abilities to keep doors open.
The restaurateurs answered the campaign’s call and more than half the city’s restaurants supported the campaign and were open by Tuesday night.
Jean Valfort, who owns tapas restaurant Farago says, “We’re not like London, where you have finance and all these other industries…in Paris, it’s just restaurants and hotels.” Valfort revealed one of his hotelier friends has lost 50,000 Euros in cancelled reservations since last Friday.

Parce que nous sommes des amoureux de la vie #tousaubistrot pic.twitter.com/vK4VTROxP8
— Damien BUSNEL (@dbusnel) November 18, 2015

It is unclear how many people dined out Tuesday night or how many participating restaurants shared the same fate as Farago, which had only about 25 diners Tuesday night.
Though the campaign was on Tuesday, the movement continues and social media post counts keep rising. To date, there are thousands of Instagram posts and tweets using the #tousaubistrot hashtag.

An additional hashtag, #JeSuisAuTerrasse (I am on the terrace) surfaced as diners came out to support restaurant owners, workers and each other.

The call to rally around restaurants and the hospitality industry has been seen in the wake of national disasters like Hurricane Sandy.
Food is a tangible comfort and going to restaurants not only keeps the industry going, it brings people together and fosters community in times of fear and uncertainty.
In the time since the campaign was announced, there has been a police raid looking for suspects in the attacks in the Saint Denis neighborhood on Wednesday morning. The seven hour siege ended with 25 arrested and two people killed, including a suicide bomber who detonated an explosive vest.
But the people of Paris and of the world are being brave in the face of fear and joining together in the most basic way they can; over a glass of wine and a plate of food.

Et aujourd’hui #tousaubistrot. Paris n’a pas peur.
— Jessica Segura (@Jessica_Poulain) November 18, 2015

The success of the campaign is another example of the resilience of the human spirit.

2e tournée! #JeSuisEnTerrasse #OccupyTerrasse #TousAuBistrot #FluctuatNecMergitur #NotAfraid #FuckDash #ParisAttacks pic.twitter.com/4A77UsE2Sv
— Néron (@babaiax2) November 18, 2015

Mashable reached out to Le Fooding but received no comment by the time of publication.
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Source: MASHABLE Lifestyle
French diners rally with #TousAuBistrot campaign

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