Essonne.This financially deprived restaurant closes to give way to Burger King

Suffering from a health crisis, Thomas Rochelle, the boss of La Villa in Mennecy (Essonne), closes his establishment
Suffering from a health crisis, Thomas Rochelle, the boss of La Villa in Mennecy (Essonne), closes his establishment (© News Essonne / TF)

4 years after opening, Restaurant Bar Lounge La Villa In Mennecy (Essonne), the last two nights Permanent closure Established to give way after a while Burger King Restaurant.

Facilities facing a health crisis

La Villa boss Thomas Rochelle explains the closure due to the economic implications of government-imposed restrictions in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.

Despite state aid, the establishment lost a lot of money. The subsidy made it possible to pay the rent, but other charges continued to run, reducing cash little by little each month.

Thomas RochelleVilla owner

The 150-seat bistronomic restaurant is renowned for its successful dance evenings, from 18 employees before the health crisis to 12 today.

“We didn’t fit in the right box.”

“Every time, it didn’t fit in the right box to benefit from state aid. Sales decline was less than 50% and was excluded from aid when all costs could not be covered. “It’s not without bitterness,” continues Thomas Rochelle.

The La Villa boss explained that he tried to find a solution to continue his activities with the help of the municipality, but faced government regulations every time.

We couldn’t open in the evening, so we invested in equipment that could provide our customers with brunch to diversify our activities. Before we were forced to close it completely, we could only do one.

Thomas Rochelle
Every Wednesday night, Kizomba, Salsa and Bachata dance lessons were held, followed by a dance party.
Every Wednesday night, Kizomba, Salsa and Bachata dance lessons were held, followed by a dance party. (© Facebook / The Villa).

“I’m in debt now”

For a 43-year-old restaurant owner, every month gone by is synonymous with a loss of money, and he eventually throws a towel, despite the large number of people gathering at his facility for each reopening permitted by the government. I did.

In two years, I lost all my cash, and I’m now in debt with a state-guaranteed loan to repay my cash amount, which is very frustrating.

Thomas Rochelle

So when Burger King knocked on the door to buy the facility, the entrepreneur seized the opportunity.

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“It’s the end of the era”

“They took their first approach three and a half years ago, and I refused because La Villa was so successful, but now the restrictions are over and despite the crowded dance nights, my heart No more. », Related to Menne’s entrepreneurs.

“This closure is really sad. It’s the end of the era,” regrets Vanessa, who went to La Villa to take a dance lesson in Kizomba and Bachata.

Obviously I miss it. Because during the night we formed a group of friends and these dance lessons were a way to find ourselves and progress together. Now everyone will go their own way.

VanessaLa Villa’s loyal customers

Ongoing considerations for potential new projects

A restaurant owner from a family of historic merchants in Menesie wants to think before reopening the facility in town or elsewhere.

“For the last four years we have had extraordinarily loyal customers. I still have this desire to take on within myself, so I can offer them something new to satisfy them. I want it, “concludes Thomas Rochelle.

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