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Sablon restaurateur says move away from city centre is due to Brussels' traffic plan
The owner of Le Rabassier, a high-end restaurant in the Sablon neighbourhood of Brussels, has said he will have to move the restaurant to Uccle due to the capital’s new mobility plan.
The region-wide mobility plan, called Good Move, aims to reduce Brussels’ exceptionally bad traffic congestion and air pollution, both of which are having major impacts on residents' quality of life.
This is being done, in part, through changes to road infrastructure designed to lower the number of polluting vehicles passing through densely populated parts of the city.
“My customers tell me themselves, they will no longer come to my restaurant,” Le Rabassier’s owner Christophe Durieux told BX1. “It is becoming unbearable. I've lost 80% of my clientele.”
Le Rabassier is located in the heart of Brussels on a charming cobblestone pedestrianised street. It is a one-minute walk from the Grand Sablon bus station, a four-minute walk from the Petit Sablon tram stop, and an eight-minute walk from Brussels Central rail and metro stations.
But Durieux said his customers had complained about inconveniences when it comes to accessing the restaurant by car via the inner ring road. He will therefore close the current location on 31 October.
“We have found another location near the Wolvendael park in Uccle,” Durieux said. He believes that “many other restaurants in the centre are likely to do the same thing as us”.
Good Move has faced increasing opposition as of late, including threats of violence from constituents against politicians who support its initiatives.