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In Douarnenez, the Winkle in Love opens a new chapter – Douarnenez

It is an emblematic place on the Douarnenez corniche. Built in the 1930s above the Plage des Dames by Christine Vigouroux, known as “Titine La Cabane”, the house is rich in memories. Until the 1970s, “La Cabane” was a Mecca for Douarnenist conviviality, as the restaurant “Le Bigorneau Amoureux” later became within these walls. But the famous fisherman’s hut is experiencing a new chapter with the arrival of a new boss. The Quimpérois César Dréo has been in charge since May 2, alongside his Douarnenist companion Laura.

“I was looking for something to take over the sector, I saw that in Douarnenez Bruno Dufleit wanted to sell, we got in touch in September and I arrived in March for two months of learning at his side”, says the 28 year old restaurateur. From the age of 16, he spent his seasons in the hotel and catering industry and, after the IUT in Quimper, he spent three years at Vatel Paris, a hotel management school. With experience in the United States and Lyon, he worked for two years as a manager in Paris, but a fed up with the capital accentuated by covid decided him to return to Cornwall. Le Periwinkle Amoureux is the right project.

The only even number on Boulevard Richepin

César Dréo has decided to keep the restaurant’s name, team and menu. “What is the use of changing what pleases? “, he says, even if he announces that he wants to “try things on seafood, octopus”. The regulars find, therefore, the famous potatoes out of the oven after two hours of cooking and other great classics such as the scallop skewer or the sardines. A work is carried out on the decoration, in the desire to reinforce the spirit of the fisherman’s hut. In this restaurant with fifty seats indoors and twenty on the terrace, a team of nine people will work in the heart of the summer season, seven on the seasonal wings and four during the winter. “We remain open all year round, lunchtimes and Friday and Saturday evenings in low season,” says César Dréo. Who hopes that the GPS will guide customers a little better: Le Bigorneau Amoureux being the only even number on the corniche, the electronic guides are sometimes a bit lost.


2 boulevard Jean-Richepin, tel. 02 98 92 35 55



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