Stoopie Benches

Arnaud’s old customers are largely to thank for the faithfulness of the restoration. They knew about details that could never have been discovered any other way. For example, when the Richelieu Bar was rebuilt, it was authentic right down to the inconspicuous private street entrance. But some of the old-timers noticed something was missing: the “stoopie bench,” located just inside the door and previously used by over-indulging customers for a little lie-down before they returned to the outside world. The stoopie bench was quickly retrieved and restored.

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