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Jean-Claude Van Damme

16 July 2021

Jean-Claude Van Varenberg (born 18 October 1960), professionally known as Jean-Claude Van Damme and abbreviated to JCVD, is a Belgian actor, martial artist, screenwriter, film producer and director best known... View Article

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The Atomium

16 July 2021

The Atomium is a landmark building in Brussels, originally constructed for the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair (Expo 58). It stands 102 m (335 ft) tall. Its nine 18 m (60... View Article

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Jacques Brel

16 July 2021

Jacques Romain Georges Brel, born 1929, died 1978, was a Belgian singer, songwriter, actor and director who composed and performed literate, thoughtful, theatrical songs that generated a large, devoted following... View Article

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History

Customers leave us memories …

12 July 2021

Drawing by an anonymous customer on a paper tablecloth depicting Mr Mario and head waiter André.             “Everything’s good at Léon’s” drawing – Drawing by an... View Article

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DNA OF Chez Léon

Léon de la Moule

12 July 2021

Belgium, the land of comics. Léon de la Moule, a character created by Ray Godart in 1989 for Léon. Discover all the variations of our mascot: https://chezleon1893.ovh/leondelamoule

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History

Delvaux MOULISSIMO bag

12 July 2021

A unique creation by Maison Delvaux for Madame Nadine: the “Moulissimmo” bag.

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History

Invitations cards – Official openings

12 July 2021

Original cartoon by Tibet for the opening of “Chez Léon” in Strasbourg.             Original cartoon by Walthéry for the opening of Léon in Liège.  ... View Article

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DNA OF Chez Léon

The Billy ‘IONIC mussel

12 July 2021

An original mussel-shaped sculpture by the artist, a 30th-birthday gift to Mr Rudy.

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Non classé

Centenary signatures

12 July 2021

At the Léon centenary party in 1993, all the celebrity guests signed their names.

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The frescoes

9 July 2021

These frescoes were painted when “Chez Léon” was remodelled in 2005 and tell its history in heroic style.

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Waffles

9 July 2021

The Brussels waffle is a large rectangular waffle made from a light batter, with large, square, deep indentations. They can be eaten warm or cold, often with toppings such as... View Article

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Jean Luc Dehaene

9 July 2021

Mr Rudy and former Belgian Prime Minister Jean-Luc Dehaene attended the same school close to the restaurant, Institut Saint-Joseph. Mr Dehaene was one of our faithful customers for many years.

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Annie Cordy

9 July 2021

Baroness Léonie Cooreman, known under the stage name of Annie Cordy (1928 – 2020), was a Belgian film actress and singer. She appeared in 50 films, starting in  1954. She... View Article

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Chips or French(?) fries

9 July 2021

Fries, deep-fried chipped potatoes, are batonnet- or allumette-cut deep-fried potatoes. They are very popular in Belgium, where they are thought to have originated. The earliest evidence of the dish comes... View Article

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Manneken-Pis

9 July 2021

Manneken-Pis,  ”little man pee” in Dutch, is a landmark small bronze sculpture (61 cm) in Brussels, depicting a naked male child urinating into the basin of a fountain. It was... View Article

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René Magritte

9 July 2021

René François Ghislain Magritte, born 1898, died 1967, was a Belgian surrealist artist. He became famous for his witty and thought-provoking images. Magritte’s work frequently displays a collection of ordinary... View Article

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The Toone Theatre

9 July 2021

The first traditional puppet theatre, the Toone Theatre was opened in 1830 by Antoine “Toone” Genty. This unique theatre presents puppet shows for adults a stone’s throw from the world’s... View Article

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Jean-Michel Folon

9 July 2021

Jean-Michel Folon 1934-2005), was a Belgian watercolourist, painter, engraver and sculptor. During a friendly lunch with Rudy Vanlancker at “110”, he offered to draw the invitation to the opening of... View Article

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Toots Thielemans

9 July 2021

Jean-Baptiste, Baron Thielemans (1922 – 2016), known professionally as Toots Thielemans, was a Belgian-American jazz musician. He was known for his harmonica and guitar playing, as well as his whistling... View Article

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Le Chat, Philippe Geluck

9 July 2021

Le Chat (French for “The Cat”) is a Belgian comic strip, created by cartoonist Philippe Geluck. Le Chat is an adult, human-sized, obese, anthropomorphic cat who typically wears a suit.... View Article

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