ANTWERP: After partnering up for seven years at The Jane Antwerp, Sergio Herman and Nick Bril have decided to part ways. Nick Bril will take over 100 per cent of the restaurant’s operational rights after the Dutch duo successfully creating one of the most stunning restaurants in the world.
In 2013, the two chefs decided to start work on designing the restaurant concept for their project, their first venture outside the Netherlands set in the stunning military chapel of the so-called Groen Kwartier in Antwerp. The two met when Nick Bril started working in the former three Michelin star restaurant Oud Sluis at the age of 19.
“The early days of The Jane have challenged and pushed me tremendously as a chef but also as a person. It has been a great ride. That’s why I am even more driven to develop all aspects of The Jane Antwerp even further. Next to our rooftop gardens, the collaboration with August and our new project in the Maldives, that will be the main challenge I’ll be focusing on,” said Nick Bril.
When the restaurant opened in 2014, the restaurant was an instant success. The was awarded two Michelin stars and became the place to be for fine dining lovers becoming also a member of the Les Grands Tables du Monde.
After the early years of the restaurant in which Sergio Herman was involved, Nick Bril started to lead the business independently and according to his own vision. As from 2017, Sergio Herman has not been involved in the daily operations of The Jane Antwerp. In 2018, the restaurant’s interior was upgraded under the supervision of Nick Bril.
Both chefs have agreed that Nick Bril will take over the remaining shares of The Jane Antwerp.
While they go their separate ways, they do so on good terms. Sergio Herman is focusing on international growth for his Sergio Herman Group after his latest restaurant opening in Antwerp, the Le Pristine restaurant. Nick Bril is especially motivated to continue his course focusing on growing The Jane Antwerp.
“It is with great pride that I look back on our time and accomplishments at The Jane Antwerp. As from the very beginning, we were challenged both as creatives and chefs. Being very talented and entrepreneurial, it just makes sense that Nick continues what he has already been doing for the past years,” said Sergio Herman.
The agreement is a logical result of an evolution that has been going on for years behind the scenes. Only the ownership structure will change.
The Jane Antwerp was hailed the most beautiful restaurant of the world at the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards in London. It was founded by Nick Bril and Sergio Herman and is now fully owned by Nick Bril.