Despite the location between the center and the prestigious summer residence of the Petrovsky Park, carriages rushed "to Yar" all year round. In winter, when it was getting dark early, all the lights from the Tverskaya outpost shone brightly, and the trip "with a roadhog" was memorable. Entire fortunes were wiped out here. Wine and champagne poured down the river, people confessed their love, shot, wrote poems. Assigned secret visits. Bryusov, Chekhov, Kuprin, Shalyapin, Stanislavsky, Gilyarovsky, Grigory Rasputin and Felix Yusupov, Gorky and Leonid Andreev, Balmont, the artists Vasnetsov brothers, Levitan, Repin, Vrubel, Serov ... often visited the "Yar".
The "Yar" Restaurant became famous all over Russia thanks to the best gypsy choir Sokolov, who performed here.Another famous restaurant of this park, constantly competing with "Yar" — "Strelna" — had a hall with a stage and a luxurious winter garden, its owner gathered exotic plants from around the world, and the garden pools were full of various fish.
Lovers of entertainment were boozing, roaming from one restaurant to another, which was called "walking in all the churches." There were plenty of locations in the park. Only according to official figures there were 129, but no one knew how many in fact.Open solar space in front of the "Mauritania" restaurant was sown with an unprecedented lawn. The lawn looked like a richly colored carpet and throughout the summer magically changed the "patterns", pleasing the eye until late autumn.
The selected seed mixture proved to be so successful that the company "Immer and Son", which was selling seeds, in turn, bought the right from the merchant and began to sell it smartly under the name "Mauritanian lawn".