The famous Parisian Brasserie is located in the heart of Paris in front of the Jardin des Halles between the Bourse du Commerce and the Church Saint Eustache.
Au Pied de Cochon was opened by Clement Blanc in 1946 right after the Second World War. This was the same year as the foundation of the first InterContinental hotel by PanAm Airlines. Mr. Blanc was a butcher, who specialized in Pork meat at Les Halles which was at this time the largest meat and fish market in Paris and even in Europe. In order to feed his staff after their shift, Mr. Blanc decided to open a restaurant in front of Les Halles. Butchers were mainly ending their shift early in the morning so Au Pied de Cochon became the meeting point for a good meals after work. To provide a meal for everyone, the restaurant was opened 24 hours.
One of the goals of the owner was to attract any social classes into the restaurant (meaning to have a table of aristocrats coming for lunch after church - sitting next to a table of butchers wearing dirty clothes finishing their late breakfast). The dishes offered have always been traditional French Cuisine in order to attract people from the labor class (pig’s trotter, ear, snout as well as the andouillette or the onions soup).
Since the opening, more than 60 years ago, most of the guests visit the Au Pied de Cochon in the evening and overnight. The Brasserie has never closed its doors, keys don’t exist! Because les Halles was getting too busy due to its success, the French government decided to relocate the market outside Paris where today it still is the largest market for fresh produce, meat, flowers and fruit in Europe. Les Halles was destroyed and an underground shopping center was built instead. Au Pied de Cochon is still one of the most popular brasserie in Paris.
Au Pied de Cochon is located on the lobby level of the new InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta. Nestled in the heart of city’s most affluent community, the hotel is at Atlanta’s most famous address, Peachtree Road.
The 168-seat French brasserie is open 24-hours-a-day for breakfast, lunch, dinner and “after dinner.” The restaurant also has an open-air terrace along Peachtree Road which seats 42 people. Au Pied de Cochon features a private dining room, as well as a private chef’s table where patrons have an exclusive view of the kitchen and can witness extraordinary behind-the-scenes culinary action.
Au Pied de Cochon at the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta is the first U.S. venture for Les Freres Blanc, one of the most prominent restaurant groups in Paris today, and only their second venture outside of France. Another can be found in the InterContinental Mexico City. The company owns 12 other restaurants in Paris and serves more than 9,000 meals every day in some of the most popular areas of Paris. Au Pied de Cochon, established in 1946 (coincidentally, the same year as InterContinental Hotels & Resorts), is the oldest and most popular of the group
Au Pied de Cochon combines continental cuisine and international flavors. The menu serves more than 50 dishes, including seafood dishes such as salmon tartare and beef dishes such as steak tartare. The restaurant’s signature dish is the famous roasted “pig foot” with béarnaise sauce.
Au Pied de Cochon’s impressive raw bar greets guests as they enter the restaurant from either Peachtree Road or the hotel lobby. Patrons can order raw oysters, shrimp, clams, lobster, stone crabs, mussels and sea snails for lunch and dinner, all flown in fresh daily from Boston, Savannah, Seattle, France and Canada.
Au Pied de Cochon has black-and-white marble floors and Venetian chandeliers. At each table, Egyptian combed linens are accompanied by red leather chairs. The walls are covered with murals hand-painted by Mexico City-based artist, Fidel Figueroa. Table centerpieces and dinnerware feature the restaurant’s signature logo – a French pig nestled on a four-leaf clover.