Greenwich Café  Brussels, Belgium, 2010

Program
Restoration and refurbishment of a Grand Café in the centre of Brussels

Client
De Nieuwe Werkhuizen

Location
Kartuizerstraat 5-7, 1000 Brussels
Belgium

Date
2007 - 2010

Status
completed

Floor surface
420 sqm

Architects
Robbrecht en Daem architecten

Collaborators 
Suzanne Desmet
Griet Ollivier
Kim Poorters

Consultants
Structural engineering
Lemco bvba, Aalst, Belgium

Conservation Advisor
Ruben Willaert bvba, Sijsele, Belgium
 

 The Greenwich café, an icon of the authentic Grand Café in the centre of Brussels is scheduled to reopen in November after an intensive restoration.
A press conference was organised on site by the owner to put an end to speculations on a permanent closure of the establishment since it closed its doors end of 2009.

Following discussions with the Royal Commission of Monuments and Landscapes of the District of Brussels, a Building Permit was obtained for the restoration of this listed building which was placed on the List of Buildings of Remarkable Architectural Heritage in 2000. Construction is scheduled to start early May 2010.

The ground floor façade, the stained glass cupola above the Winter Garden, and the remarkable interiors of the café will be respectfully restored to their original grandeur, dating back to 1914. Small-scale interventions to the famous restrooms and a new kitchen at basement level will ensure a new future for the Greenwich as a Brasserie.
The chess players for which the café is best known will find that the central part of the interior remains reserved for their gatherings whilst regulars and a new clientele will be able to enjoy their Belgian beer and a small meal amidst the authentic and quiet atmosphere.