Rue Saint-Leu in Amiens, a new street of thirst?

The Hoppy loft, a bar with craft beers from micro-breweries, opened on January 9, rue Saint-Leu, in place of the Saint-Leu bistro, whose new establishment retains the corner point. Would rue Saint-Leu become an Amiens “street of thirst”?

The prospect of the opening of the Citadelle university campus, scheduled for September, could suggest this. To the historic My Goodness were added the Delirium and the 9 3/4. François Beauvisage, owner of the Hoppy loft, but also of the Delirium Café, a few meters higher, and of the Charleston, a pub rue des Boilermakers, denies it. “I did not choose rue Saint-Leu for its student potential, but because the Delirium café imposed a certain number of standards on me, such as a minimum surface area, explains the latter. I had two other sites in the city center, but here I own the commercial walls, as for the bistro in Saint-Leu, which was in compulsory liquidation ”.

New address for Pirate Moon?

With the arrival of 4,000 students, rue Saint-Leu will become the artery that will connect the Citadel to the city center. In ten minutes on foot. The project was discussed on Thursday January 11 during the New Year ceremony by Alain Gest, President of Amiens Métropole, and Mayor Brigitte Fouré. A project for a performance hall with 350 to 500 seats would be under consideration on rue Saint-Leu, or rather on the land which today serves as a wild car park behind the Taverne Elektrick, between rue Saint-Leu and rue Edmond- Fountain. The site could become the new address of Pirate Moon, which has plans to expand. Amiens Métropole supports this project, which was planned behind the Quai Bélu stage. The matter remains to be settled with the co-owners' union council.

Saint-Leu street in Amiens, a new street of thirst?

And then, a construction on this hollow tooth could, for the City, solve problems in particular of security on this increasingly festive sector. A performance hall behind her copy and print shop, Anny Kittel, who has taken over Reprocolor since June, is not against it. Students are its main clientele. “I had even submitted a file to occupy one of the commercial cells on the Citadel campus, explains the boss of Here services. In the end, I was not selected. Amiens Métropole preferred the file of a soup bar”. Rue Saint-Leu, it also attracts students from the cathedral university center (law) and the science faculty.

Estelle Thiébault

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The collective of the inhabitants of Saint-Leu makes proposals on nightlife to the mayor

After having taken part in a meeting on the nightlife charter in September, the collective of the inhabitants of Saint-Leu, which claims "a constructive approach" wrote again to Brigitte Fouré at the beginning of January to make her proposals. "A standardization of closing hours at 1 a.m. would avoid conflicts between establishments and a reinforced presence of the municipal police", explains the collective, which cites the cities of Montpellier, Lyon and Le Havre as examples. The collective would also like to "contact the university for the establishment of a mediation system", in order to encourage more civic behavior.

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