Yar (restaurant)

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Moscow Kuznetsky Most Street No.9 in 2008, no longer a restaurant
The second "Yar" opened 1913

The Yar (Russian: Яр, from French "yard") was a restaurant and theatre in 19th Century Moscow frequented by Pushkin, Tolstoy, Chekhov and Maxim Gorky. It was famous for its Sokolovsky gypsy choir.[1] The Yar ran from 1826 to 1925 on the street known as Kuznetsky Most.[2]

The second Yar was opened on the St. Petersburg chaussée built by Adolf Erichson 1909-1913. The restaurant became popular among Russian elite. It was visited by Leonid Andreev, Konstantin Balmont, Anton Chekhov, Maxim Gorky, Alexander Kuprin, Savva Morozov, Grigory Rasputin, and Fyodor Shalyapin.[3]

The current Yar is in the Sovietsky Hotel on Leningradsky Prospect (Moscow).[4]


  1. ^ Moscow: A Cultural History - Page 192 Caroline Brooke - 2006
  2. ^ My Life - Page 562 Sofia Andreevna Tolstaya, Andrew Donskov - 2011
  3. ^ Э. Зинде (2012). "Воспоминания о еде" (PDF). Московское наследие (in Russian). Москва: Департамент культурного наследия города Москвы. 18: 38–39.
  4. ^ The Rough Guide to Moscow - Page 328 Dan Richardson - 2001