Two new restaurants open on the eve of the summer season in Auxerre

On the Place des Cordeliers, its vast premises (450 m2) desperately empty have long symbolized the difficulties of downtown commerce. Ten years after the Dubost appliance store closed, the place has finally come back to life. In the pipeline since the end of 2020, the project to open an Italian restaurant there ended up being successful and Mamma Giulia welcomed its first customers on June 11.
“With the Covid, the shortage of equipment, the vagaries of the construction site, we were slowed down by a lot of things… So we open on the eve of the summer season. But fortunately, we were able to recruit a young and dynamic team from About fifteen people, hoping to reach twenty this summer”, confides Jérémie Lobies, the chef of the new restaurant open seven days a week from morning to evening.

Upstairs not yet open

Between the terrace and the room on the ground floor – where an imposing open copper oven from Italy sits behind the counter – the address can accommodate around a hundred people. A capacity expected to double with the floor still under construction. “We plan to open it by the end of the year,” says the chef of Mamma Giulia, originally from Auxerre and who cut his teeth at Marc Meneau, before working in various gourmet restaurants and brasseries since.
If pizzas, pastas and other Italian specialties feature prominently, the menu is varied and also offers “essential brasserie dishes”.
In a sector that has been changing a lot in recent months in Auxerre – witness the openings of the bistronomic shop Plan B (end of 2021 in the pedestrian area) and the restaurant À la maison (in April rue Marcellin-Berthelot) – this arrival of Mamma Giulia hides others.

The Noyo instead of the P’tit Marmiton

In particular that of the restaurant Le Noyo, 26, rue du 24-Août. Estelle and François Liebaert opened on June 2, replacing the P’tit Marmiton that Manuel Delannoy had held since 2004 and closed in May. Chef of the Jardin Gourmand, a well-known table in Auxerre, the new master of the place – who has also worked at La Côte Saint-Jacques in Joigny and in Japan – offers refined cuisine that gives pride of place to local products. Le Noyo, which can accommodate 22 people, is open for lunch and dinner except Tuesday evening, Wednesday all day and Saturday lunchtime.

In May, changes in shops and especially in catering, in Auxerre

Rue Joubert. Another newcomer still discreet, Auxerre Burger, 16, rue Joubert, where the former Ethiopian specialty restaurant Le Wollo was located. While waiting for the installation of the sign and the development of a catering area, Le Burger d’Auxerre, a variation of a formula already present in Toucy and Champignelles, offers homemade burgers to take away or have them delivered, in the evening, in Auxerre and the surrounding area, to be ordered in particular online (

Rue René-Schaeffer. A stone’s throw from the post office, the cellar that once housed the tapas bar Le Don Quijote now houses a tea room and shisha bar, The Royal Loungeat 7, rue René-Schaeffer.

Rue Dampierre. Just below Place des Cordeliers, the Philcrea’tif hair salon has just moved to 26 de la place. After work, a laundromat named Angel’s laundryis to move into the old premises at 5, rue Dampierre, at the corner of rue d’Orbandelle.

Rue d’Egleny. At 22, green clinic, a shop specializing in the sale of CBD-based products (cannabidiol, a molecule derived from hemp) has recently closed. Several other shops remain present in Auxerre where they have flourished as in many other cities.

Temple Street. At 6, the perfume bar French Fragrance has just opened as announced in our previous section of May 18.

Christophe Pacalet
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