Séverine Veyssière, 40, leaves the scene with a twinge in her heart. She had been running the restaurant alone for three years, which changed its concept when her husband Guillaume Veyssière opened the Sources de Fontbelle in 2019, in the Ma Campagne district of Angoulême. Initially, she will undoubtedly join the team of the starred restaurant shortly after its opening. But she is also preparing a new project, which she does not wish to reveal for the moment. “ I want change.” she just slips.
The couple had taken over La Ruelle, the gourmet restaurant in Angoulême, fourteen years ago. Séverine Veyssière was then 26 years old. Originally from Nièvre, she had just returned from two years in the United States. “ I was a waitress in Florida, then on the Côte d’Azur where I met my husband Guillaume. »
The chef wanted to return to his region of origin, by buying La Ruelle from Christophe Combeau, who had himself taken over the establishment seven years earlier from Jean-François Dauphin.
“Crush” for the city
“Many customers have become good friends, continues Séverine Veyssière. People used to bump into me and my three kids. They saw me give birth on Sunday and return to service on Wednesday. »
Katia Lenander, the new boss, is Swedish, “but I don’t like Sweden”, she whispers. At 55, after a career in the audiovisual industry and having traveled a lot around the world, in Thailand, Hong Kong, then Paris, Lyon and Aix-les-Bains, the couple bought a restaurant in Malmö in Sweden. “We were looking for a holiday home near Bordeaux. »
They found in Baignes and decided to settle in Charente when they came across the ad from Cokotte. “We fell in love with the city and the establishment. » The restaurant team remains in place. Katia Lenander will manage the reception with her husband, who keeps his import-export business of French wines and products that he sells in Sweden. “ Now, we want to know the Angoumoisins and that they know us too. »
We want to know the Angoumoisins and that they know us too.