A restaurant that has been open for 80 years, you don’t come across one every day, especially in the Jura. If in addition this place has been owned by the same family for four generations, it almost becomes a success story. This place, “Au rendez-vous de la Marine”, is located along the departmental road 673 between Monteplain and La Barre, also known as the Moulin des Malades, from the name of the island facing it.
The “Road restaurant” label in 1939
It was in 1933 that Léone Llado, who had arrived from Rougemont with her two young daughters, took over the management, then acquired this stagecoach relay which also accommodated the many skippers, the lock being located opposite the establishment. In 1939, he was one of the first in France to obtain the “Road Restaurant” label.
During the Second World War the activity continued, somehow, despite the many restrictions. After having been managed by Léone (who was also mayor of Monteplain) and her two daughters, until 1966, it was Josette, the third generation, who took over the management before entrusting it to her daughter Sandrine in 2008.
A meeting point
This place of passage and reunion of sailors has become over the years the meeting point for truckers and tourists from all over Europe who can eat day and night. The inhabitants of the North Jura meet there for family meals or to put the world to rights around a plate of fries, or when leaving a meeting, a show…
The crowds were such that in the 1980s, a large car park was created to accommodate the many heavy goods vehicles, the number of which continued to increase due to the widening of the road, then with the creation of the exit from highway in Gendrey.
The company had, before its final closure on April 30, 11 employees. The atmosphere and the cuisine, but also the mix of languages spoken around the bar have been the charm of the place for decades. “After almost 90 years of continuity in our family, our establishment ceased its activity this Saturday, April 30, comments Josette Grappin. It is with heavy hearts that we have seen this deadline arrive. We would like to warmly thank our customers who remained faithful to the end and sent us many messages of regret and sympathy. We are particularly sorry for our truck driver customers whom we leave without a solution for the moment since we are still looking for a buyer who will be able to continue the activity. Thank you all. »