The « bistrot Melac» was founded by his father, Mr. Melac during
the 30s. He transformed a former greengrocer's shop into a classical-type
bistro where the clientele include members of the working class from the local
neighbourhood who came there to drink and fill their bottles of white and red
Father Melac, like thousands of others compatriots came from Aveyron region located
in the southwest of the Massif Central mountains. Aveyron is not just famous
for its spectaculaire landscapes, it is also reputed as a gastronomic center
This province provided some tough and resilient guys who came to find work in
Paris at the begining of the XXth century. They eventually built a network of
cafes and bistros and much of the parisian sparkle and charm to be found in them
is due to the determination of these people. Today thousands of Parisian bistros,
cafés and restaurants are still owned by people from the Aveyron region.
Jacques Melac is very proud of his Aveyron roots.
He confesses to feel guilty to have been born in Paris and so he never forgets
the region and especially the village Bozouls where his family came from.
At the Melac bistro, you can get a taste of some of the local dishes, such as
Aubrac Beef or Aligot (made from potages whipped with a local cow's milk-cheese
known as Tomme de Laguiole), or charcuterie.
Bistrot Melac has a jovial atmosphere because it's
a place where people can meet, eat and drink wine.
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