Perpignan – Mess fire: closed neighboring businesses can reopen, general relief

The ban on the opening of the four neighboring restaurants of the Mess is lifted from this Thursday, September 15, 2022.

The City of Perpignan lifts the operating ban from this Thursday, September 15 for the four restaurateurs of Divil, the crêperie Aux Saveurs Bretonnes, Mistinguett and the bar Chez Henri. The day after the fire that ravaged the building on the night of August 27 to 28, the municipality had indeed decreed the closure of these four establishments, the time to secure the site.

While last week, Frédéric Guillaumon, deputy of the City in charge of trade remained cautious about the resumption of these businesses, evoking his hope of a resumption for October, the security work was faster than expected.

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A relief at Henri’s, as Frédéric Lartigue confides: “We were so impatient. We are going to start again on the beautiful dynamic that we had initiated. We resume at 6 p.m. this Thursday, we can’t wait“.

At Mistinguett, Morgane, the manager borrows the word “relief“to her comrade from Chez Henri. But, unlike her neighbors, she will not be able to resume on September 15.”Even after 15 days and having aired my restaurant several times, a strong smell of smoke still emanates from the main room and my upstairs kitchens. It is impossible to welcome customers under these conditions. The motors of the air conditioning and the cold room have taken on smoke, they must be checked and cleaned“, she explains. The manager hopes to resume next weekend.

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As for the terraces, all the traders show compromise. Although reduced, the security perimeter strongly encroaches on the exterior of Mistinguett. Its tables will therefore be set up on the terrace of Amorino, another victim of the Mess fire.

Note that the roof of the Mess has been removed and removed. The framework, which had to be removed, was left untouched at the request of the investigators and the insurer. This Wednesday, September 14, the workers were therefore not on the site.

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