We all have our favourite cafes and restaurants along the Riviera, but no one apparently more so than Hollywood great Robert de Niro.
When he learned that Tetou in Golfe-Juan was threatened by a legislative act to close down beach eateries along the coast, his message to local policy-makers made through the pages of French daily Nice Matin: “Please do not destroy these magical establishments in your area!”
The American star defended beach establishments threatened with demolition on the Côte d’Azur because of a Beach Decree.
De Niro has been absent from Cannes this year due to filming commitments, but that hasn’t diminished his enthusiasm for the local delicacies.
“I have been coming to the Côte d’Azur for many years but last week I learned with amazement that the beach restaurants were going to be demolished in favour of prefabricated cabins without soul. It is difficult for me to understand the desire to destroy such establishments that are culturally, historically and gastronomically, invaluable to the heritage of your region,” the star wrote.
He added, “I cannot imagine coming to this wonderful region without visiting all these mythical establishments, from Menton to Saint-Tropez, via Golfe-Juan where Tetou has been a must for more than a century. Artists and celebrities have come here, as have I, with my family and friends for unforgettable moments. Please do not destroy these magical institutions and make sure to preserve everything that adds to the attractiveness and international influence of your splendid region.”