New Yorkers Have a Ball on Bastille Day

September 8, 2000, 12:00 AM EDT

Champagne Veuve Clicquot Bastille Day Petanque Tournament Restaurant Provence Friday, 07.14.00, 12:30 PM to 7 PM
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Restaurateurs from all over the city spent Bastille Day in front of Restaurant Provence playing petanque, a traditional French game similar to Italian bocci. The benefit, sponsored by Veuve Clicquot champagne, raised money for the Children's Museum of Manhattan.

The Macdougal Street block between Houston and Prince streets was blocked off and covered with sand from Metropolitan Lumber and Mill Works to resemble real French petanque courts. Teams from about 50 New York restaurants competed in the tournament, which ended with an awards ceremony and a Veuve Clicquot champagne toast, followed by dinner at Restaurant Provence.

The winner? The team from Cafe de Bruxelles walked off with two nights' accommodations at the New York Palace Hotel for each team member and dinner at Le Cirque 2000, among other prizes.

--AnnMarie Harris

Photos by Andrew French

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