Open kitchen and shared table: soon a new Creole restaurant in Lons-le-Saunier

Twelve seats are available, with an opening onto the kitchen. (©Joffrey Fodimbi)

You like the creole cuisine or do you want to discover it? It will soon be possible. the July 5, 2022Rue des Salines in Lons le Saunier, Laila Liberty Agnes open a restaurant its new, “ Heya’s Delights from the name of one of her ancestors.

Originating fromisland of Saint Martinlocated in the heart of Caribbeanthe one who arrived in France in 2018will soon be able to fulfill his dream, 38 years old. ” After’Hurricane Irma of 2017, we decided with my husband to go to France; he, as a former basketball player (Lyonel Agnès, editor’s note) had already lived there when he was younger. And by chance, we worked in Dijon, in JDA Dijon Basket training center. »

While working in the local economic development sector in Saint-Martin, the one who “since she was little has always loved cooking, especially with my grandmother”, finds herself behind the stoves of the training center.

“And in parallel, I started to have an activity of chef at home, for the American players of the professional basketball club of Dijon, who had trouble with French cuisine, and who preferred Caribbean cuisine, abused, among other things, by the USA. »

Pursue and have the concept evaluated

Arrival in the Jura Fr 2020 Laïla Freedom Agnès continues and develops her activity as a chef at home, “even if the health crisis didn’t make it easy.” But the strong demand from its customers for take-out food has made its project evaluated. “Until I meet the chief Emmanuel Chamoutonat the head of Tic Tac Toque, who offered me to take over, but with my own restaurant. »

Thus, if the previous shared table concept and of open kitchen continues, “in order to keep the atmosphere of sharing essential to Creole cuisine”, the Saint-Martinoise chef was keen to have it evaluated.

“Apart from being able privatize the table for 12 peopleI would also do unique dishes on the spot or to take awayevery lunchtime from September 2022, but also brunches on a sunday morning by mes, as well as workshops for children, around the pastry shop, and for adults, around Caribbean cuisine. »

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On site, therefore, a variety of starters, main courses and desserts will be served over the days. “Caribbean cuisine draws its influences from India, Africa, France, Spain, Portugal and Asia; my cooking will therefore be a mix of all that, without fuss and always in a good mood. »

What about drinks? “As surprising as it may seem, Jura wine goes very well with Caribbean cuisine, so that’s what I’ll serve. »

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