December 5 2013  |  Airline & Terminal News

Paris train station home to new Jazz Café

By Rick Lundstrom

SSP has four Montreaux Jazz Cafe outlets in Europe

This will be fourth café in the concept. SSP’s first Jazz Café was at Geneva International Airport, later followed by, Zurich and London. The move marks the brand’s first appearance at a train station location.

Inspired by the music festival of the same name, the Montreux Jazz Café offers diners the added excitement of live music, and exclusive video and sound recordings from the Swiss jazz festival. There is also an eclectic program of live music.

The café is located adjacent to the Train Bleu restaurant, and Philippe Deruelle, who worked under the Train Bleu’s head chef Jean-Pierre Hoquet, heads the kitchen team. The menu will include “BB” cheeseburger, and the “Ella” cheesecake. The outlet has been designed in three distinct locations  - a restaurant, a lounge bar and a third retail area.

Rachel Picard, director general of Gares & Connexions, the SNCF business unit, said that when the concept of the café was presented to the station’s management team, it was immediately convinced that it would be right for Paris-Lyon.

“We believe that a train station should reflect the personality of the city it serves, not only in the design, but also in terms of the life-style and culture of its inhabitants,” he said.  “We’re certain that the Montreux Jazz Café will bring a welcome splash of vibrancy to our station.”

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