TEAM

Sonia and Jean-François Cautain, the current owners, fell in love 2011 with the Café du Nord, which had been closed for several years, much to the sadness of the people of Arnay, and decided to give it a new life. They thought the beautiful old building did not deserve to be forgotten as it was.

Jean-François Cautain knows Arnay Le Duc well as his great aunt used to own a haberdashery in the city centre. Sonia Cautain is a lover of Burgundy.

Their idea was to revive this arnétoise institution by providing, at a very reasonable cost, simple but quality food, emphasising products, gastronomy and local wines. Also, we felt that by providing high quality local products, it would benefit both our health and strengthen the local economy and the small network of organic producers. After seven years of hard work, we now have a nice mix of customers: inhabitants and families of Arnay-le-Duc of course, but also lovers of Burgundy and many national and international tourists.

In addition to this there was the will to add a cultural space/environment to present exhibitions, concerts, film screenings, debates, artistic activities so that the maximum amount of people can enjoy this beautiful place that is the Café du Nord.

Valérie Boudot was the manager from 2012 to 2016, she did a fantastic job in laying the foundations of the project, and without her nothing would have been possible.

In 2018, Jean-François’s nephew, Loïc Joninon, so a real “Bourguignon” too!, joined our team and became manager, thanks to his numerous skills, including being a Chef and a great amateur of Burgundy wines. He and his team (a small team in winter, but a larger one in summer ;-) !) look forward to welcoming you: fine connoisseurs of local life, our team will share with you their passion for Burgundy.

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HISTORY

Le Café du Nord, located in a house of 1650, was opened in 1738 (Louis XV was 28 at the time!) respectively a home, an inn, a bakery and a bistro for over 270 years. That makes our Café du Nord to be the second oldest Café Restaurant in the whole of France – just after the Procope in Paris VIth..

The first plan in our possession (thanks to the remarkable research work done by the late Pierre Renaudin – “thank you” to him!) dates from 1751. Le Café du Nord was back then called the Logis des Trois Maures. It changed its name in the nineteenth century to become the Hotel des Trois Phaisans, and was renamed the Café du Nord by the end of the XIXth century.

Before us, its last owners in the twentieth century (respectively Misters Mignon, Billard, Dupaquier, Molinot, Taccart and Cazel) made it famous for the quality of Bourgogne Aligoté that was served, and the greatly awaited “rendez-vous” such as the tastings of the jambon persillé on Easter Monday - a tradition that the North Café strives to maintain alive ...