In 1888, just a stone’s throw from the Grand Place Léon Vanlancker set up a 5-table restaurant known as “A la Ville d’Anvers”. In 1893, he moved a few metres from there, to 18 rue des Bouchers, and opened his “Friture Léon”. The years went by and the establishment grew slowly but surely.
Real growth began in 1958, the year of the World Fair, when Brussels became the undisputed capital of “Moules-frites”. Since then, the Vanlancker business has not stopped growing. Today, across 9 premises, over 1000 diners are served each day, always with a warm and friendly welcome. Everyone comes to enjoy, from an almost immutable menu, one of the fourteen mussels recipes or one of the 120 traditional Belgian dishes.
But the “good King Léon” hasn’t rested on his laurels. He mustered his troops and set off to conquer.
At the beginning of 1989, the dynamic spirit of the Vanlancker successors came to fruition with the opening of a new Léon resturant in Brussels, in Bruparck, in the shadow of Atomium. Then, that same year, Léon was launched in France with the opening of 85 restaurants in twenty-five years.
Further Léon restaurants were also opened in Belgium.
What’s next? Back to the future!
In 2021, an important turning point in the history of Léon also marks the “passing of the torch” between the 5th and 6th generations, from Rudy to Kevin at the head of this institution for many years to come.
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