A lot may have changed in the 25 years since we first opened our doors. Yet, the things we held dear then – simple, nourishing food and a table that brings the community together – remain as important to us now. In honor of our 25th anniversary, we’re looking back on these little things that continue to make us who we are.
It’s no accident that our name translates to “the daily bread.” Our founder Alain based the name off a memory of his father exclaiming, “moi, ce n’est pas mon pain quotidien!” (“it’s not my daily bread”). Alain grew up baking loaves, boules and tarts aplenty with his Aunt Simone – often standing on a chair beside her so he could reach the counter!
When Alain grew up and became a chef in Brussels, he sought to recreate the delicious bread he grew up on. Today, his recipe of just four simple ingredients – organic stone-ground flour, sea salt, water and the wild yeast levain – provides guests with more than just sustenance. Our bread is an invitation to gather around the table – to pause from busy days and break fresh-baked bread together!
Named for the French word ‘tartiner’ (‘to spread’), these traditional Belgian open-faced sandwiches rely on our hearty, organic bread as a canvas for exploring new flavor combinations.
Sure, the ingredients we top them with may change with the seasons. But, whether our tartines dress our handmade bread in accoutrements sweet (hello, fairy bread!) or savory, they never fail to hit the spot.
Why do we insist on serving our coffee in bowls? The story takes us again to Alain’s childhood. As a boy in Belgium, Alain’s grandmère would greet him on winter afternoons with steaming bowls of hot chocolate. Wrapping his hands around those bowls eased away the outside chill, offering him a simple joy on the most blustery days.
We serve our hot drinks in bowls to offer guests the same comfort. Whether you opt for hot chocolate, coffee or a bowl of your favorite tea, break from your usual coffee-to-go and warm your hands around one of our ‘Belgian hand-warmer’ bowls!
When Alain secured the space for his first restaurant – on the bustling Rue Dansaert in Brussels – the space was only big enough to accommodate a few tables. So, you can imagine the ensuing surprise when Alain made an unconventional choice – to install one large table that would take up the entire dining area!
The choice boded well for Alain. Within days of the restaurant opening, guests who came in as strangers would leave as friends, having enjoyed their food in the company of one another rather than separately.
That first table – built from wood salvaged from the floors of retired Belgian trains – became the inspiration for the communal tables in all our restaurants. With over 230 locations and counting, our tables are a place for communities around the world to come together.
We hope you stop in to celebrate our birthday with us, and thank you for being a part of our LPQ community!
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