Nos conseils aux restaurateurs - Préparer votre terrasse pour l'été - Les Grappes

Preparing your terrace for the summer

It's official: it's Wonderful!

With the blue sky and the arrival of fine weather everyone has only one desire: to settle down on the terrace to enjoy the first rays of sunshine and a glass of rosé (with ice cubes).

The terrace being a real asset to increase its turnover, we looked into the subject. You will find in this file the legal constraints, our dews which are a hit, the inspirations of the most beautiful terraces in France and even our opinion on the Ice Bag trend.

I - What does the law say?

In terms of regulations, the law is very strict concerning the installation of terraces in front of shops. A Temporary Occupancy Permit (AOT) for the public domain is compulsory for professionals who wish to occupy a part of the pavement, which is basically reserved for pedestrians and must meet the conditions set by the administrative authority in charge of its management, which is generally the municipality. This AOT takes the form of a decree, and entails the payment of a fee, the amount of which varies according to the duration of operation, the commercial value of the track occupied and the extent of the terrace.

It should be noted first of all that only owners of businesses, located on the ground floor and open to the public, can obtain a terrace or display permit. This is personal (cannot be sold), precarious (valid for a fixed period of time) and revocable (can be withdrawn at any time).

There are three types of terrace:

  • The open terrace: must be glued to the front of the establishment. It must be equipped with tables and chairs.
  • The counter-terrace: must be located on the curb.
  • The closed terrace: It is necessary here to make a request for permission to see. The elements must be able to be dismantled within 8 hours.

The conditions to be respected:

  • Pedestrians must be able to circulate without being hindered, especially for people with reduced mobility.
  • The tranquillity of the neighborhood must be preserved
  • The rules of hygiene must be respected (in particular for foodstuffs)

What should the AOT application file include?

  • The copy of the certificate of registration in the commercial register or register of trades (extract Kbis);
  • A copy of the license in the name of the owner or operator of the business for public houses and restaurants;
  • A copy of the commercial lease or title deed;
  • The insurance certificate for the occupation of the public domain;
  • The description of the terrace or display and the materials used, generally a dimensioned plan specifying the layout of the device on the pavement ;
  • A bank statement...

II - The dews that make a hit

After having been decried for a long time, rosé has been the trendy drink of choice for some time now! It is true that it is a wine accessible to the palate (fruity, fresh), with a refined colour, a well worked out packaging and easy to associate with various dishes. An infatuation that goes far beyond our borders, although France remains the world's leading consumer of rosé wine, but which nevertheless remains intimately linked to the summer period. Here is our Top Rosés of the summer!

A summer rosé that goes off the beaten track: the Burgundy Rosé of Domaine Céline & Fréderic Gueguen.

Even the Burgundians, the prestigious land of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, are going rosé! The Domaine Gueguen signs here a vintage all in elegance. A pretty rosewood colour. A discreet nose of peach blossom, wild strawberry Mara des bois, enriched with a pleasant smoky touch. A frank mouth, with a tangy finish.

An invigorating rosé for a fresh aperitif: zucchini salad with feta, mixed salad of tomatoes, strawberries and basil, shrimp and avocado verrine.

The sure value: A rosé of Provence from Château de Calavon.

Fleshy and round, pale pink with salmon highlights. The nose is fruity and slightly spicy, all in roundness and freshness .... A wine that breathes the sun!

Ideal as an aperitif, but also throughout the meal, for grilled red mullet with garlic cream, a lamb tagine with lemon confit, bouillabaisse and even an osso bucco.

Fruit, fruit, fruit: the promise of this Rhone Valley rosé produced at Château de Nages

Château de Nages is not only a fabulous Rhodanian terroir, it is also the cradle of the Gassier family. In search of true wines of pleasure, they have freed themselves from the shackles of the appellation and modern oenology.

When you taste this wine, on the nose, you have the impression of smelling a sweet: a concert of strawberries, blackcurrants and redcurrants... on the palate, this rosé is very fruity and aromatic, you discover pure, lively and sparkling notes. In short, a successful score!

How about a rosé with bubbles? The Rosé de Saignée from the Jeaunaux Robin Champagne House

Because summer is also the season of weddings, and multiple festivities, the rosé Champagne is our guest.
A traditional dew of the house Jeaunaux-Robin, resulting from a brief maceration. A Champagne rosé for gourmets to toast in the summer!

See all our rosés

III - The most beautiful terraces in France

Terrace with panoramic view, terrace with garden, terrace in small inner courtyard, terrace on rooftop... Les Grappes delivers you its selection of the most beautiful terraces in France so that in your turn you can create THE terrace that will make your neighbours jealous and make you the most hype bar/restaurant of the corner... or simply to make you travel a little bit.



The diving board - Nice

In the heart of a typical site of Nice, the diving board will know how to put you full the sight of it. This restaurant installed on a rock in the middle of the Mediterranean sea is a place out of the commun run divided between two spaces: the diving board and the rock. To discover absolutely for all lovers of the open sea and gastronomy!

Le bistrot des dames - Paris

A true institution in its neighbourhood, the ladies' bistro ideally located between Montmartre and Place de Clichy has an idyllic interior garden reminiscent of the countryside. So for all Parisians in need of greenery, this little corner of paradise is the place that will fill the time of an evening or an afternoon your need to escape.

Le Nid - Nantes

With a panoramic view over the city of Nantes, this roof terrace perched at the top of the Brittany tower invites the imagination. As soon as you reach the top, the magic happens directly. Reaching the end of the 32 floors that lead to the nest is a bit like reaching 7th heaven, so it's up to you!

Frida - Bordeaux

Located in the heart of old Bordeaux, the Frida is a real treat for the eyes and the taste buds. The exotic colours of the interior garden and the spirit of the guinguette will know how to put a little balm in your heart in any circumstance!

Le Moulin du Roc - Champagnac de Bel-Air

And yes, paradise has a name and it is called the Moulin du Roc. Located in the Périgord, this hotel restaurant offers a bucolic setting. Straddling a canal, this little gem is a true haven of peace and an invitation to relax.

IV - The Ice Bag Trend

The Ice Bag or bottle coolers in French have been a real success for a few years. A real solution to keep your bottles cool in all circumstances and at any time of the year, this small, flexible and easily transportable ice bucket will quickly become indispensable! Indeed, for a few years now, the Ice Bag has been a real hit with private individuals and professionals.

A real communication tool, the Ice Bag is the trendy and fun object to be found on any table! It is available in several collections, including one for professionals. This collection offers 19 models in different sizes and thicknesses, from cans to jeroboams. It is also possible to create personalized Ice Bags according to your desires and tastes, as there are 3 models available: the classic shape (tubular handles), the Square (square shape, cut-out handles), the Vask (trapezium shape, cut-out handles)

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