Belle Époque Brasserie - Vientiane, Laos
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History of Belle Époque Brasserie

What was once lost, has been found again ...

Front of building 1950s

The restaurant was originally opened in 1999 under the name La Belle Époque as an integral part of the historic Settha Palace Hotel. The hotel and restaurant was reimagined by Laotian born Frenchman, Billy Theodas who spent his childhood living at the back of the Settha Palace when it was run by his parents in the 1950s. Unfortunately in 1975 when the regime changed, the whole family left everything behind to begin a new life in France.

The hotel, originally built in 1932, was then nationalised and converted into government housing. With little care or upkeep, it fell into total disrepair over the following years.

Pre-renovation back of building
Pre-renovation front of building

After 17 years in self exile, Billy and his mother returned to Laos for a visit. Seeing the cracked, falling walls and collapsing roof of the hotel broke their hearts once more. With his mother's urging, Billy decided to regain control of the hotel, and beginning in 1994 spent five long years passionately and persistently leading the difficult renovation and restoration work.

The hotel eventually reopened its doors of refined hospitality to the world in 1999. Today, the hotel and Belle Époque Brasserie is still owned and operated by the same family, providing guests with warm and genuine hospitality, great food and top notch meetings and events space in a uniquely nostalgic ambience.

We truly hope to be able to serve you at the Belle Époque Brasserie soon. Come eat with us!