Cotentin. Their restaurant threatened with closure, Christelle and Didier change everything to save it!

Christelle and Didier Lesaulnier, the owners of 101 Airborne. (©La Presse de la Manche)

Like many of their coworkersChristelle and Didier Lesaulnier, managers of Restaurant The 101st Airborne to Carentan-les-Marais (Channel), have suffered greatly from the health crisis during these last two years. After the closing during some monthsthen the curfews and the sanitary passthe customer base often changed his habits, so that it is necessary to attract it again in the establishments with novelties. And that’s what we do Christelle and Didier.

Installed since April 2015the two restaurateurs of the 101st Airborne previously mainly opened midday during the week, with a clientele made up of workers, truck drivers and employees. “But with the health crisis, all of this clientele has taken on new habits and has often changed the way it eats at lunchtime,” explain Christelle and Didier.

“For us, the conditions forced us either to try to sell our business, but it’s really not the time, or to reinvent ourselves by offering a new restoration. It was a bit quits or double”.

A new layout

It is this second option that they have chosen. And for that, they rolled up the sleeves.

“We have completely redesigned our establishment, creating a covered veranda and a terrace sheltered from the wind, which thus offer more places, a totally different setting and good visibility. »

A new brasserie menu and especially extended hours complete this change. From now on, customers will be able to taste meats, daily specials, but also pasta, pizzas… “With this new menu, we have attracted new customers, including families. And as soon as the beautiful season begins, we will also make mussels and fries meal “.

A family job

The restaurant opens at breakfast time, Monday to Saturday noon and Wednesday to Saturday for the evening. “And we will welcome groups for other services, by reservation. »

For the two restaurateurs, who now work as a family “with our children”it’s a new career which opens. “We hope to be able to transmit our establishment when the bell rings. retirement time », conclude Christelle and Didier.

From our correspondent Brigitte ACHER

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More info: the 101st Airborne, rue de la 101e-Airborne, on 02 33 42 18 22.

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