PARIS: The Eiffel Tower brasserie, with French chef Thierry Marx in the kitchen, will finally reopen on June 6, the Eiffel Tower operating company (Sete) and its partner Sodexo said on Monday, hoping to take advantage of the return of tourists to successfully launch it.
Initially announced on May 17, the opening of Madame Brasserie has been postponed to June 6 due to delays in the work, La Sete told AFP, which this spring is returning to attendance levels worthy of the pre-health crisis ( -8% in May compared to 2019).
Thus this Ascension weekend, between 23,000 and 25,000 people visited the monument each day.
Since the spring holidays, the proportion of tickets sold online to Americans has increased from 10% to 17% and that of the French from 23% to 15%, indicates Sete. The Spaniards (11%) and the Germans (7%) follow.
The Eiffel Tower, which suffered a year of cumulative closure during the health crisis, even provides for a third of American customers for the month of July.
Madame Brasserie hopes « to seduce visitors from all over the world as well as Parisians », indicates La Sete in a press release. With good French attendance since the reopening in July 2021, its president Jean-François Martins wants to attract « a local public ».
Closed in 2019 for major works slowed down by the Covid-19 pandemic, the transformed establishment, whose view embraces the Trocadero, the Palais de Chaillot and the metal structure of the tower, is located on the first floor of the Iron Lady , 57 m high.
At the head of a team of 150 people, Thierry Marx, also executive chef of the restaurant of the Parisian palace Mandarin Oriental, the Sur Mesure, two Michelin stars, will serve typical brasserie dishes with seasonal products.
The latter will come from sustainable agriculture, 70% supplied in a short circuit – less than 200 km – by local producers and food artisans.
The lunch menu will have a starting price of 48 euros and the dinner menu will have a price of 90 euros, excluding access to the monument.