The destruction of Maison Antoine on Place Jourdan began Tuesday morning, said the press service of the town of Etterbeek. The legendary chip shop is expected to reopen on 29 September, according to the estimates of the the Housing Management of Etterbeek, the owner of the building.
Established for 33 years in the circular pavilion, the Antoine house has seen three generations of deep fryers since 1948.
The new 50 square meter facility will be erected at the same location but will have three counters (instead of the current two) to place orders. A wooden awning will protect consumers in the event of bad weather. The cost of the work is estimated at 301,654 euros.
From now to the end of September, lovers of French fries and fricadelles (minced-meat hot dogs) will not have to miss out as the preparations of the house will be served from a truck, still at the Place Jourdan.
As for the semi-pedestrians expected in Jourdan, the redevelopment project led by Beliris “provides for a more friendly place with more space for terraces, new trees, magnificent fountains, but also fewer cars”, says the municipality. The existing 70-space covered parking lot is undergoing redevelopment on Maelbeek Avenue. The completion of the construction work is planned for the end of 2017 while the inauguration of the new Place Jourdan will take place in 2018.