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The location: The French Restaurant.

Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. A French restaurant.


Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. It's not specified, but somewhere in Louisiana, within easy driving distance of Bon Temps.


Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In the Season Two finale, Episode 12: "Beyond Here Lies Nothin' ".

    After the Maryann crisis has finally been resolved, Bill takes Sookie out on a date at a fine French restaurant (even though he can't eat).

    He has arranged for them to have the room entirely to themselves. They share wine, and dance to the Jerry Lee Lewis song, Before the Night Is Over.

    Then, after Sookie finishes "the best meal of my life", Bill surprises Sookie by producing a diamond ring and asking her to marry him.

    She is shocked and confused, and retreats in tears to the ladies room to think about it.  While she is in there, someone unseen grabs Bill from behind.

    When Sookie returns (to announce that she will accept his proposal), she finds that Bill is gone. And from the state of disarray in the room, she can tell that he didn't go willingly.


Q. What is it actually, in real life?

    A. A bed & breakfast built on a historic Civil War site.


Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. The French restaurant scenes were shot at
    The Stockade Bed & Breakfast, which is located at 8860 Highland Road, on the south side of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

    (It is on the south side of Highland Road, just west of Staring Lane, and not fully visible from the road.)

    They shot the scene in the Stockades "great room" (which was made to resemble a restaurant for the occasion).

    The property is listed as an archaeological site on the National Register of Historic Places.

    The Highland Stockade was a Civil War-era Union fortification and camp site, built by Union troops in 1862 (when the Union Army first took Baton Rouge from the Confederates) as a check-point to protect the southern entrance into the city.

    The B&B has its own website, at thestockade.com.


     Here is an aerial photo of the Stockade. And here is a map link, with the location marked.



    Below is a photo of the room at the Stockade used in the filming (from their website) ):



    And these two photos of the Stockade were shot by Eleanor & Michele, who were
    there during their 2009 "True Blood" tour/vacation of Louisiana.
    (Thanks!)




Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?

    A. Fortunately, news of this filming made the Associated Press newswire.

    I found the story on nwitimes.com, which reported that, after the Clinton shoot, they moved on to the Stockade, where they filmed the restaurant and dancing scenes.

    It was then just a simple matter of finding the address of the Stockade B&B and doing a little research into its history.







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