[DISCLAIMER: even if i’m not that active as an user as i want, i always go to edgeryders whena new idea is emerging in my head. I find it a pleasant and welcoming place to let my ideas set, so i hope you don’t mind i do it once again]
Some of you maybe remember that i own Fermenthings, a fermentation centered space for which i wrote a little call a couple of months ago already. Now that the place is settled, that we are organizing weekly workshops, brunches & have a selection of 100 products in the shop, i’m looking for 2020 into the empty space we still have on the mezzanine above the shared space with La Source brewpub.
While the current project is a more straightforward business, i want this upper space to go back to part of my roots a societal and cultural event organizer but anchor it in a food environment. So what’s the idea? Well i got inspired after reading a couple of books about forgotten writers of the enlightenment period, more specific the story of the Paris salons by Holbach & Diderot where the birth of the encyclopedia was given and people like Hume or Adam Smith where frequent guests.
"Le discutoire"- "Speakplenty"
While the salons from the 18th century where still a bourgeois get together payed by the baron or other wealthy Samaritans, the space had an openness of thinking never seen before. It’s the latter part i’m interested in and find a contemporary twist to it. That is why i want to combine two ideas: the elegance of discussion of the salon and the wittiness of the speak-easy, clandestine bars in time of the prohibition. And so the “Discutoire” is born.
I will accommodate around 20 seats, giving it a feel of a grandmothers salon, making it cozy and warm. It will have a library settled on food & Urbanisme in the first place. And a small bar where guest cooks, barista, mixologues will be able to share their passion. It will not be promoted on social media, just have a ear to mouth promotion. You will need to pass the Kombucha brewer and look if the light is on.
The space should be a space for when you want to have a discussion, try new things, study & share. Where we can think about how food needs to reflect our societal transition & how we can better the living conditions of our city.
Timing: Mid 2020
I still have around six months to make it a working space. But i wanted to share it here first, because i would love to have Edgeryders (as in people from the community) seeing it as a space where they can discuss, have debates and eat good food and drink good products. A little place of rest outside of the classical spots. How the earning model behind will function? Not yet a clue, but that’s where i have 6 months time for