Wad! A cooperative-shaped café-brasserie in the Marolles – Culinary

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Wad! A cooperative-shaped café-brasserie in the Marolles – Culinary

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A new brasserie has opened in the heart of the Marolles in Brussels. Wad! not only produces beers, but will also offer on-site kneaded and baked bread and snacks. Its managers opted for a cooperative structure to lead the project.

Wad! occupies a building that once housed another café, the Skieven Architek, on the Place du Jeu de Balle, where a flea market is held every day. The Régie foncière of the City of Brussels rents the premises to young entrepreneurs.

“Through the mobilization of our land, Mazette’s installation is an example of the city’s ability to attract and support innovative business projects. Mazette! Through its brewery, its cooperative model strengthens the mix and commercial identity of the Marolles” , says Fabian Maingain, Councilor for the Economy of Brussels. The conversion of the premises and the purchase of equipment represent an investment of 500,000 euros.

All production, ranging from sourdough bread to soft drinks (lemonades, iced teas, kombucha, etc.) and of course including beers, will be served exclusively on site. “The crisis was an opportunity to carry out an in-depth reflection on the development project of a post-Covid restaurant”, states Boris Feron, one of the founders of the project. The cooperative brings together the residents of the neighborhood, the citizens who adhere to the project (the zwanzeurs) and the workers of Mazette, who are now 7.

Every citizen can join the cooperative starting from 50 euros. He will thus have one or the other advantage during his visits to the cafe or can take part in a public beer …

Wad! occupies a building that once housed another café, the Skieven Architek, on the Place du Jeu de Balle, where a flea market is held every day. The Régie foncière of the City of Brussels rents the premises to young entrepreneurs. “Through the mobilization of our land, Mazette’s installation is an example of the city’s ability to attract and support innovative business projects. Mazette! Through its brewery, its cooperative model strengthens the mix and commercial identity of the Marolles” , says Fabian Maingain, Councilor for the Economy of Brussels. The conversion of the premises and the purchase of equipment represent an investment of 500,000 euros. All production, ranging from sourdough bread to soft drinks (lemonades, iced teas, kombucha, etc.) and of course including beers, will be served exclusively on site. “The crisis was an opportunity to carry out an in-depth reflection on the development project of a post-Covid restaurant”, states Boris Feron, one of the founders of the project. The cooperative brings together the residents of the neighborhood, the citizens who adhere to the project (the zwanzeurs) and the workers of Mazette, now 7 in number. Each citizen can join the cooperative starting from 50 euros. He will thus have one or the other advantage during his visits to the cafe or can take part in a public beer …

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