Chef Xavier Meers shows off one of the mussel dishes he offers at Brux’l Café, slated to close on June 12.

Scott Elmquist

Chef Xavier Meers shows off one of the mussel dishes he offers at Brux’l Café, slated to close on June 12.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Brux'l Cafe to Close

Say goodbye to seven kinds of mussel dishes.

Posted By on Mon, Jun 6, 2016 at 12:40 PM

Brux’l Café in the Fan announced on its Facebook page that it would close Sunday, June 12, as first reported by the Times-Dispatch. Two years ago, it set up shop in a tough spot — Main Street and Allen Avenue. Restaurants there have come and gone over the years: Dogwood Grille & Spirits, Cirrus, Plaza Mexico, Mainstream and Peacock's Pantry. It’s hard to pin down why this particular spot seems more difficult for a restaurant than say, the building down the street that houses Heritage, or two blocks in the other direction, the one Bacchus has occupied for the last 17 years.

Owned by Xavier Meers and Stephanie Danis-Meers, who closed their Midlothian restaurant, Belle Vie, to open Brux’l Cafe, it serves traditional Belgian fare. In 2014, reviewer Karen Newton wrote, “Bring your appetite for the mitraillettes, translated as submachine guns, but here meaning baguettes stuffed with meat or vegetables, cheese and fries. Yes, fries in the sandwich. Don't knock it till you've met the killer rib-eye version.”  

With seven days and counting, it’s time to pull up a chair and get a taste of Belgium. “We hope you will continue to patronize our restaurant so that you can enjoy all your favorites one last time,” its Facebook page says.

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