10:25 a.m., May 1, 2022
Saturday evening, the Tour d’Argent closes its doors. Refreshing of the decor, development of a roof terrace, extension of the kitchen, replacement of the bay windows… Reopening in March 2023. Almost a godsend because it has been a month since the Burgaud house, from Challans, in Vendée, which has been supplying for sixty – ten years the famous ducks of the establishment, is at a standstill. Like 530 others (out of 1,300 in the department), his breeding was decimated by avian flu.
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Created in 1890, the Tour d’Argent duckling, which has become a world reference, now comes from Dombes, a small corner of Ain that has so far been spared from the disease. On Wednesday evening, the restaurant on the Quai de la Tournelle served a duck numbered 1,177,266. “Our reopening should coincide with the return of poultry from our historic supplier”hoped Yannick Franques, the new head of this Parisian institution.