- Daily & Weekly newsletters
- Buy & download The Bulletin
- Comment on our articles
Angry chef turns away Brussels mayor from restaurant
Brussels mayor Yvan Mayeur on Friday was shown the door when he tried to enter the restaurant Cécila, near the Grand Place. Chef Mélanie Englebin is furious because she believes the introduction of the pedestrian zone last summer is directly responsible for the restaurant's dramatic drop in turnover. "I'm almost bankrupt," she told Brusselnieuws.
Englebin (pictured) therefore turned away the mayor on Friday afternoon when he tried to have lunch at Cécila with alderwoman for transport Els Ampe.
"I asked him nicely to leave the restaurant, and also explained to him that the pedestrian zone prevents people from reaching the city centre and creates an unsafe feeling there at night. The result is my turnover has decreased by 40%."
Mayeur "regrets" the incident, according to the news website.