Craig Carlson had a visit at his diner from bigwig producer Harvey Weinstein

Craig Carlson was the last person anyone would expect to open an American diner in Paris. He came from humble beginnings in a working-class town in Connecticut, had never worked in a restaurant, and didn't know anything about starting a brand-new business. But from his first visit to Paris, Craig knew he had found the city of his dreams, although one thing was still missing-the good ol' American breakfast he loved so much.

Pancakes in Paris is the story of Craig tackling the impossible-from raising the money to fund his dream to tracking down international suppliers for "exotic" American ingredients... and even finding love along the way. His diner, Breakfast In America, is now a renowned tourist destination, and the story of how it came to be is just as delicious and satisfying as the classic breakfast that tops its menu.

In “Pancakes in Paris: Living the American Dream in France” Carlson writes that after his diner near Notre Dame was profiled in the Hollywood Reporter in 2004, the place “got its first visit from a real Hollywood celebrity . . . Strolling in one night was Harvey Weinstein, the bigwig producer.”

Carlson — whose venture was backed by his Hollywood pals including “Con Air” screenwriter Scott Rosenberg — greeted Weinstein, who “just stood there, looking around the diner. ‘I don’t believe it,’ he finally said. ‘This place looks just like a diner I used to go to when I was a kid.’”

However, when Weinstein asked, “You got egg creams?” a French bartender Jérôme admitted, “No . . . but we do have delicious milkshakes.”

The movie mogul settled for a root beer and “pulled out a wad of cash, peeled off a 20-euro bill” and said, “Keep it.”

When reached for comment, Weinstein told Page 6 that he “loved that place.”

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