Léon de Bruxelles
Léon de Bruxelles is an international chain of restaurants that known for primarily serving moules-frites. Léon de Bruxelles is a French independent franchise originally set up by the Belgian restaurant Chez Léon. Léon de Bruxelles is known for serving a "Belgian inspired menu centred around moules-frites".
In 1867, Léon Vanlancker set up business within a stone's throw distance of Brussels's landmark location, the Grand Place, to run a five-table restaurant called A la Ville d'Anvers. In 1893, he moved a few meters from there to 18 rue des Bouchers and opened fr:Chez Léon.
Real growth started from 1958 when Brussels became known as the capital of mussels and French fries. Since then, the Vanlancker business has continued to expand. Today, Chez Léon extends to nine buildings and more than one thousand meals are served every day.
In 1989, Rudy Vanlancker opened the first Léon restaurant at Place de la République in Paris. Other Léon de Bruxelles restaurants open in other districts of the city, including the flagship restaurant on the Champs-Élysées in 1991. By 1995, Léon de Bruxelles opened its first restaurant outside Paris, with the restaurant of Montlhéry in North France. More openings followed and today there are 67 Léon de Bruxelles restaurants across France.
Léon de Bruxelles opened its first restaurant in the UK in January 2012. Located at 24 Cambridge Circus in Covent Garden, London.