From 1979 to 2008,
Florent, the all night eatery located in the city’s Meat Packing District was prime stomping crowd for a
surprising mix of A-list celebrities, tourists, families, and club kids.
This wildly entertaining documentary chronicles the history and final days of this outrageous icon.
Westbeth Movie Night
Friday May 12, 2017
Westbeth Community Room
Florent was located at 69 Gansevoort Street, one of the few remaining cobblestone streets in New York City. It was owned by colorful restaurateur and AIDS activist Florent Morellet. Morellet is credited with revitalizing Manhattan’s meatpacking district with his restaurant. It opened in 1985 and closed on June 29, 2008. The restaurant was known for its ever-changing message boards featuring everything from the establishment’s daily specials to the owner’s average T-cell count during the AIDS era.
Florent was also known for its Bastille Day celebrations that started in 1989, the year of the French bicentennial