LIERNU: Chef Sang Hoon Degeimbre and Carine Nosal, owners of restaurant L’Air du Temps in Liernu, Belgium have announced the opening of a temporary boutique shop that will sell produce that was set to be delivered to the restaurant over the coming days and weeks.
L’ Air du Temps is one of the top restaurants in the country that has been hit by a second wave of COVID-19 infections in the past weeks. The shop will open between 1pm and 7pm at L’Air du Temps in Liernu as from Tuesday 20 October.
“Yet again, the restaurant sector is impacted by what is going to be moment in history. It is extremely rare for generations of restauranteurs to face what they have had to face in 2020.”
The Belgian government announced on Friday night that all restaurants will close for a month as from Monday 19 October.
Many Belgian chefs and restaurants took to social media and posted a black image, some with the hashtag JeSuisHoreca.
Sang Hoon Degeimbre said that during the next weeks, they will have to put some of their employees on temporary unemployment, stop orders from producers and farmers who heavily depend on the restaurant for their survival. “In some cases, some of our orders are planned one or two years in advance,” he said.
“In the coming days, we will have deliveries of ducks from Quentin Ledoux in Part Saint Laurent, an Aberdeen Angus cow grown by Elisabeth Simon of Domaine de Graux as well as peppers, courgettes, carrots, black radishes, daikon, shizo as well as other produce grown from the garden,” he said.
“We have therefore decided to open a boutique at L’Air du Temps in Liernu from the next four weeks at the very least,” they said.
“You will be able to find fresh and seasonal produce also from the sea as well as from our garden as well as products that we will be working on such as condiments and herbs and spices from our garden. We will put in all our passion and also have this will to fight,” Carine and San said.
They added they hope to welcome people in their ‘shop’ in the coming weeks.