Taimyr considered to be first city restaurant

Taimyr considered to be first city restaurant

February 03, 2023

But the legendary Taimyr had a predecessor.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Taimyr opened in February 1954, when Norilsk was still a forced labor camp, on the first floor of a residential block of flats on Leninsky prospect, 12.

“Curtains, chandeliers, sideboards, chairs covered with covers, paintings in carved frames, tables with snow-white tablecloths – all this gives the restaurant a beautiful look. The menu here is varied. There are more than 17 cold appetizers alone in the various menu”, the city newspaper wrote a month after the opening.

 Taimyr was the largest and most prestigious in the city: over two thousand square meters of space, 350 seats, and 420 people sat at the New Year’s banquet tables.

The built-in room was specially designed for a restaurant: two halls – yellow and red, two banquettes, a tasting room with a bar, a cookery, a kitchen, storage rooms. And from this point of view, Taimyr, of course, was the first real restaurant.

But in the memoirs of the first Norilsk residents, one can read that the very first restaurant in the city was opened back in 1948. During the day, this institution worked as a dining room, and from six in the evening until two in the morning – as a restaurant.

Apparently, this nameless catering point was located in the hotel on Octyabrskaya street, the building of which was built in 1947.

In the History Spot’s we told that in 1939 Norilsk received the status of a workers’ settlement.

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Text: Svetlana Ferapontova, Photo: Nornickel Polar Branch archive

February 03, 2023

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