L'Auberge (restaurant)

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L'Auberge
Restaurant information
Head chef Emmanuel Mertens
Rating 2 Michelin stars Michelin Guide
Street address Wilhelminasingel 76-80[1]
City Weert
Country Netherlands
Other information Restaurant closed in 1999

L'Auberge is a defunct restaurant located in Weert in the Netherlands. It was a fine dining restaurant that was awarded one Michelin stars in the period 1986-1991 and two Michelin stars in the period 1992-2000.[2][3][4][5] The restaurant closed down due to bankruptcy.[6][7][8][9] According to the Volkskrant, the restaurant building itself and its appearance, rather than its kitchen, would preclude the restaurant from obtaining a third Michelin star.[8]

After moving to a new location in 1996, and the divorce of maître d'hôtel Willy Mertens and head chef Emmanuel Mertens, resulting in the departure of Willy Mertens, restaurant guide Lekker gave the restaurant a strong negative review in 1998. The restaurant was sold in 1999.[8]

Mertens was later awarded a Michelin star again with Restaurant Mertens in Hamburg, Germany.[6][10] One of the young chefs working and training in L'Auberge was Jonnie Boer, present owner and head chef of De Librije.[11]

Hans and Marie-José Munten bought the building and converted it in Hostellerie Munten.[12]

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Sources and references[edit]

  1. ^ "l'Auberge Emmanuel Mertens · Weert". Vakantieland.nl. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  2. ^ Brandligt, Vivie (19 June 2007). "Historisch overzicht Michelinsterren" [Historical overview Dutch Michelin stars 1986-1990]. Misset Horeca (in Dutch). Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Brandligt, Vivie (19 June 2007). "Historisch overzicht Michelinsterren" [Historical overview Dutch Michelin stars 1991-1996]. Misset Horeca (in Dutch). Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Brandligt, Vivie (30 March 2012). "Historisch overzicht Michelinsterren 1997 t/m 2000" [Historical overview Dutch Michelin stars 1997-2000]. Misset Horeca (in Dutch). Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Nieuwe 'twee sterren'". De Telegraaf (in Dutch). March 6, 1992. p. 4. Retrieved December 7, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b (in Dutch) Toekomst Emmanuel Mertens ligt in consultancy
  7. ^ Van Dinther, Mac (September 23, 1995). "'Ik ben geen Michelin-slijmer'". De Volkskrant (in Dutch). Retrieved December 3, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c Van Dinther, Mac (October 13, 2001). "Emmanuel Mertens". De Volkskrant (in Dutch). Retrieved December 3, 2011. 
  9. ^ Net loss of stars for Benelux restaurants
  10. ^ (in Dutch) Emmanuel Mertens laat van zich horen
  11. ^ "René by Jonnie". Dagblad De Telegraaf (in Dutch). 8 September 1993. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  12. ^ (in Dutch) Frietje Zuurvlees voor hostellerie-patron Request send to newspaper for a direct reference with date on 24/12/2011 NotBW