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Belgian couple to open restaurant in Clifton Square

Friday, April 12 2013 12:00 AM

Apr 11, 2013, 11:41am CDT

Published in the Wichita Business Journal

Written by John Stearns

Belgian couple to open restaurant at Clifton Square

A Belgian couple who has operated restaurants in France is relocating to Wichita, fulfilling a longtime desire to move to the U.S. and run a restaurant here.


Florence Fraikin and Didier Fraikin will open a restaurant featuring French and Belgian cuisine in Clifton Square, 3700 E. Douglas, in June.


Ted Branson of Landmark Commercial Real Estate Inc. facilitated the deal as transaction broker. The couple will lease 2,400 square feet, a space that formerly held La Beaujolais and, more recently John Brown’s Tavern. Their lease is three years.


The restaurant will be called Au Paris-Bruxelles.


The couple has sold their Le Vieux Bruxelles restaurant in Clémont, France, about 100 miles south of Paris, to move to Wichita with their daughter, Branson said.


Florence Fraikin graduated in cooking arts from the Citadelle School in Namur, Belgium, and as a skilled chef from the Institut Technique for Hostelry and Catering in Libramont, Belgium, a note from the couple says. She learned French and Belgian cooking at each.

The couple has operated restaurants throughout France.


Their Wichita restaurant will offer French and Belgian specialities like Ostend fish soup, a two-meat chef’s terrine, salad Niçoise, Flemish-style beef, waterzooï (a traditional Flemish stew), beef Bourguignon, veal Marengo and tarte Tatin (a French-style apple pie).


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