Originally from Connecticut, BIA owner Craig Carlson first came to France as a student and instantly fell in love corvair2with the country.  It was in Paris — thanks to the numerous art house cinemas — that Craig developed his love for film and decided to pursue it as a career.  After attending USC film school in Los Angeles, Craig worked as a screenwriter and short filmmaker and then landed a job in Paris working on a TV show.  During this time, the only thing Craig missed while living in Paris was a good ol’ American breakfast.  Realizing the only thing the French knew of American cuisine was fast food, Craig became convinced that the time was right for an authentic American diner in Paris.

After nearly two years in the making, BIA finally opened its doors in January 2003 (BIA 2 opened in February 2006).  Thanks to his friends in the film industry who came on as investors, Craig was able to bring together two of his loves under one roof – the cinema and diners.  Some of BIA’s supporters include the director of the film “Runaway Jury”, (starring Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman), the writer of “Con Air”, a director of “Friends”, the director of “Invincible” (starring Mark Wahlberg) and French animators working at Dreamworks Studios in California.  All of them can’t wait to find an excuse to come to Paris where they know a steamin’ stack of pancakes and a bottomless mug o’ joe are always waiting for them…


On Saturday, January 4th, 2003, the first Breakfast in America opened its doors during one of the heaviest snowfalls in Paris in years. We looked at it as a nice sign. Several customers braved the cold and came in for breakfast and steamin’ cups o’ joe.

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Breakfast In America