Fior D'Italia offers lunch with 1889 prices

April 30, 2010 8:54:29 PM PDT
San Francisco's Fior D'Italia is America's oldest Italian restaurant, established in 1886, has survived two major earthquakes, two world wars, a depression and several recessions.

Those were the real prices on Friday in one San Francisco Restaurant for a four-course meal, complete with soup, salad and dessert.

For five hours they turned back the prices to what they were when the restaurant opened 125 years ago.

The place was jammed on Friday as more than 500 people lined up for the experience, recapturing the era of North Beach tradition.

This is the fifth location for the restaurant in 125 years. The first one was opened below a brothel. It was destroyed in the 1906 quake.

There were three other Broadway locations including one that could seat 700 people at a time. It moved to Washington Square for many years until that was closed after a fire in 2005. It's now in the historic San Remo hotel.

Not everyone was able to get in for a meal. They had to close at 4 p.m., but everyone in line was given a coupon of thanks and an invitation to come back another time.


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