Belle Epoque will be a restaurant and exciting Dinner Show located in Bigsmalltown, Upstate, that celebrates the era of cultural refinement, social elegance, and general prosperity in the last decades of the 19th and first decade of the 20th centuries. The exuberance of the "Gay 90s" era will be rekindled as we model our restaurant on the establishments of the Montmartre district of Paris such as the famous Moulin de la Galette.
The decor will be similar to that of the restaurant/dance hall/theatres of 1890s, and feature artwork of the Impressionists such as Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Mary Cassat, and Berthe Morisot. Hosting and serving staff will dress in period costume.
The combination of a Montmartre dance hall, bon vivants, famous artist and lively music is why our restaurant is so dynamic. The exciting and exhilarating aspect of this restaurant is that it transcends beyond decorations and moves into a real life, first person experience - face to face. From the singing aloud of ditty's, to the hearty, back-slapping laughter or breathtaking can-can dancing - every second is a treasured, emotional meeting with Alfred Dreyfus or Madam La Goulue, "look-alikes."
Our menu is a varied, international, tasteful extravaganza. Each page is highly illustrated with artists' drawings of the regional cuisine, a tiny map of the world showing the region and indigenous ingredients. The majority of the menu is the cuisine of France, and America, though we will offer specialties from Japan, Korea, Phillipines, Italy, Germany, France, Mexico, Spain, Belgium and Middle East. A few pages are devoted to White House and Camp David stylings where Chef Joachim served the First Family. We will offer a 10 item wine card "By the Glass Daily Selection", wines by the bottle, and a special cellar collection.
Belle Epoque is the first in what hopefully will become a chain of similarly themed restaurants. It offers a new and exciting concept that is already being done in other successful era's such as, "Capitan Hook" www.capitanhook.com and "Medieval Times" www.medievaltimes.com. These concepts are expanding with cash driven proofs of winning financial operation. Originally laughed at and stereotyped as ridiculous for a dining concept, these outlets are reaching new potential and breaking previously set sales figures. Medieval Times started as a single location and opened its eighth restaurant and show in March, 2004. We aim to attract customers from the same market niche, but with a Impressionist/Moulin Rouge theme.
Executive Chef Joachim Oignons will lead the management team. Chef Joachim is retiring from a 30-year military career during which he won many awards, served as Executive Chef to the President of the United States, and managed multiple U.S. government restaurant/food service venues world wide.
Belle Epoque offers an impressive, blockbuster revue of international food, fare and drink centered around the high culture and exuberant night life of the Montmartre district of 19th century Paris. Our combination is wonderful food and Impressionist history. This revue also includes our shows, acts, skits, original music and entertainment for the customer - whom we live to impress and make happy.
In each and every facet of all that we do - the focus remains on the customer. Likewise, our employees never work "for us" - rather they work "with us" - and as such - they are our customers also. We are all serving each other in some capacity.
Our focus includes community service, involvement and family. We will always be deeply involved with the community and people of Bigsmalltown. Belle Epoque is also an excellent place to work, a professional environment that is challenging, rewarding, creative, and respectful of ideas and individuals. Belle Epoque ultimately provides excellent value to its customers and fair reward to its owners and employees.
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