BRUSSELS: The Brussels food scene is in for some big changes next year. A Brussels restaurant that had become a Brussels institution over the years will close its doors on 31 December 2019.
The two Michelin star restaurant of chef Yves Mattagne, Sea Grill, which was housed at the Radisson Blu Hotel in central Brussels and which forms part of the Villa Lorraine Group will close doors at the Radisson in view of a refurbishment that is currently underway at at the hotel.
Since the past years, owner Serge Litvine has invested heavily in the Brussels restaurant scene after taking over Villa Lorraine. The Group includes Villa Lorraine, La Villa In the Sky, La Villa Emily and Le Petit Monde among others announced that the restaurant Sea Grill, which also forms part of the group will reopen as a new concept in May 2020 in the location of the existing Villa Lorraine (one star).
The restaurant, which has held 2 stars for a very long time and which opened in 1986 will reopen as a pop-up restaurant two weeks after its closure at the Radisson in an as yet undisclosed location. The pop-up restaurant led by chef Yves Mattagne will be open between 15 January and 30 April 2020.
Villa Lorraine and the adjacent brasserie will remain open till 22 February. The restaurant and brasserie will close for two and a half months for a refurbishment. During this period they will also pop-up in an undisclosed location.
The new Sea Grill with all the team will move definitely to Villa Lorraine on 7 May 2020 once the works at Villa Lorraine are finalised.
2020 will therefore be a great year of change and challenges for the Litvine family which has invested heavily in the high-end Brussels gastronomy scene.
There has been no announcement yet as to what will happen to the one star Villa Lorraine and the brasserie. Will it move to another location? Will Sea Grill retain its name or become Villa Lorriane? Or Sea Grill at Villa Lorraine? What’s for sure is that the whole team is moving to Villa Lorraine which is part of Brussels history of gastronomy being the first ever restaurant to gain three stars outside France.