Reader: Why are all French restaurants described as temples?

While some readers were splitting hairs over splitting plates, others were getting ready to welcome La Merise to Cherry Creek, where it will open on Wednesday in the former home of Argyll, at 2700 East Third Avenue.

In a basement, if not necessarily a temple.

Which led to this query from Clasiqueando:

Why are French restaurants automatically described as "temples"? I saw nowhere in the story that they would be serving burnt offerings.

Are all French restaurants temples to haute cuisine? Even if they get no haute-ier than a basement?

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