BRUSSELS: Casse Croute, the ‘takeaway’ service of Bozar chef Karen Torosyan which regaled Brussels and Belgians with his renowned ‘pies’ throughout the pandemic will slowly come to an end.
The chef who decided not to open the Bozar Restaurant’s terrace and wait until he is allowed to serve guests indoors in June said that the last Casse-Croute service will end on Saturday 28 May. After that, he and his team will be taking a week off before focusing on the opening of the restaurant.
Karen Torosyan told Food and Wine Gazette he did not want to open the terrace because of the uncertainties linked to the Belgian weather. “Guests come to the restaurant to enjoy themselves. We cannot guarantee a good service with the incertitude and for this reason I prefer to continue to deliver the Bozar experience home during May.”
The chef said he could not complain and thanked his customers for their custom during these months when restaurants were closed in Belgium. “It was not easy. I enjoy the restaurant with all that it entails, the service, the cooking and all. Cooking takeaway is not something that I necessarily enjoy but I cannot really complain because I have been able to continue to work, to continue to master the art of making pies and to allow both existing and future clients to try my food. More I started alone with my wife and children but it has also enabled a part of my team to be able to return to work,” Karen said.
The chef of the Michelin star restaurant in Brussels started his Casse-Croute within days of the first lock-down and has never stopped it except for a short while when restaurants were allowed to reopen between the first and second lockdown.
He is not the only Brussels fine-dining restaurant to decide to remain closed until given permitted to open indoors. Most of the top restaurants in the Belgian capital have decided to wait rather than open given the particularly bad spring weather Belgium has faced. Among the restaurants that have decided not to reopen there are Bon Bon, La Paix, Bozar Restaurant, La Canne en Ville to mention a few names.