In 1740, beside the market town know as the «Halles au Roy», a small inn opened. The local tradesmen whose favourite haunt it was, still talked about a certain Molière, born a century earlier in the nearby rue de la Tonnellerie.
Almost one hundred years on, Haussmann decided to develop the area and the old inn disappeared. But a few years later, it reappared opposite the building designed by Baltard, the revolutionnary. There came eat the famous market porters from « Les Halles ».