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Mido

OUR STORY

THE ORIGIN OF OUR RESTAURANT

THE PORTRAIT OF THE FOUNDERS

Antoine and Ugo are the founders of La Môme Groupe. Originally from Lyon, they opened their first restaurant in Cannes in 2015, and we asked them a few questions.

Please give us a summary of La Môme group.

La Môme group currently consists of four establishments: La Môme Restaurant, La Môme Cocktail Bar just opposite, La Môme Plage (restaurant and private beach) and Mido japanese restaurant. There were just 6 of us at the start, but we now have a team of 90, rising to 180 in the high season.

Tell us a bit about your journey so far.

We started out in Lyon as servers. Then we decided to leave our home area to do some seasons in restaurants elsewhere. That’s how we ended up in Saint-Tropez. Through our network, we were given the chance to work in a renowned establishment in Cannes: Le Bâoli. And so we moved to Cannes. We started out as servers, then became head waiters, then restaurant managers and finally beach managers. In 2013, we were given a fresh challenge: managing the beach of the Majestic Barrière. These were all great experiences because we learned so much in these various establishments, but our ambition was to open our own restaurant. And this is what we did in May 2015 when we opened La Môme on Rue Florian in Cannes with help from financial partners.

Why the name “La Môme”?

The name refers to La Môme Moineau – Lucienne Suzanne Vreurick – a flower seller who worked in the nightclubs of Montmartre and Montparnasse in Paris in the 1920s. She became a singer and then a billionaire by marrying a rich Puerto Rican engineer and businessman. She became somewhat of a celebrity, living the high life on the French Riviera and was owner of Bagatelle villa in Cannes. For us, this name epitomizes the glory days of the French Riviera.

What type of place did you want your restaurant to be?

Somewhere to go and have fun with friends! An establishment for 40-60 year olds, elegant, classy but not pretentious, lively and with great food. We felt that Cannes didn’t really have such a place. This is what we wanted our restaurant to be.

And do you think you were successful?

Yes, but we won’t rest on our laurels! Every night is a new adventure, and we feel it is extremely important to constantly provide a great experience, to exceed expectations, especially to our regular customers. Being the perfect hosts and topquality service are our priorities, and we must never lose sight of the fact that the customer is king.

And the adventure didn’t stop there. You opened other places in Cannes?

Yes! In 2017 we opened the cocktail bar opposite La Môme restaurant. We took over the Plage Royale in 2018 and renamed it La Môme Plage for consistency with our downtown restaurant. And then a few months later, we started Mido, a Japanese-inspired restaurant, in the same street as our first two establishments.

What type of customers do you attract?

A mix of locals, foreigners, conference delegates, tourists… That’s how we like it!

THE ORIGIN OF OUR RESTAURANT

THE PORTRAIT OF THE FOUNDERS

Antoine and Ugo are the founders of La Môme Groupe. Originally from Lyon, they opened their first restaurant in Cannes in 2015, and we asked them a few questions.

Please give us a summary of La Môme group.

La Môme group currently consists of four establishments: La Môme Restaurant, La Môme Cocktail Bar just opposite, La Môme Plage (restaurant and private beach) and Mido japanese restaurant. There were just 6 of us at the start, but we now have a team of 90, rising to 180 in the high season.

Tell us a bit about your journey so far.

We started out in Lyon as servers. Then we decided to leave our home area to do some seasons in restaurants elsewhere. That’s how we ended up in Saint-Tropez. Through our network, we were given the chance to work in a renowned establishment in Cannes: Le Bâoli. And so we moved to Cannes. We started out as servers, then became head waiters, then restaurant managers and finally beach managers. In 2013, we were given a fresh challenge: managing the beach of the Majestic Barrière. These were all great experiences because we learned so much in these various establishments, but our ambition was to open our own restaurant. And this is what we did in May 2015 when we opened La Môme on Rue Florian in Cannes with help from financial partners.

Why the name “La Môme”?

The name refers to La Môme Moineau – Lucienne Suzanne Vreurick – a flower seller who worked in the nightclubs of Montmartre and Montparnasse in Paris in the 1920s. She became a singer and then a billionaire by marrying a rich Puerto Rican engineer and businessman. She became somewhat of a celebrity, living the high life on the French Riviera and was owner of Bagatelle villa in Cannes. For us, this name epitomizes the glory days of the French Riviera.

What type of place did you want your restaurant to be?

Somewhere to go and have fun with friends! An establishment for 40-60 year olds, elegant, classy but not pretentious, lively and with great food. We felt that Cannes didn’t really have such a place. This is what we wanted our restaurant to be.

And do you think you were successful?

Yes, but we won’t rest on our laurels! Every night is a new adventure, and we feel it is extremely important to constantly provide a great experience, to exceed expectations, especially to our regular customers. Being the perfect hosts and topquality service are our priorities, and we must never lose sight of the fact that the customer is king.

And the adventure didn’t stop there. You opened other places in Cannes?

Yes! In 2017 we opened the cocktail bar opposite La Môme restaurant. We took over the Plage Royale in 2018 and renamed it La Môme Plage for consistency with our downtown restaurant. And then a few months later, we started Mido, a Japanese-inspired restaurant, in the same street as our first two establishments.

What type of customers do you attract?

A mix of locals, foreigners, conference delegates, tourists… That’s how we like it!

La Môme Groupe Magazine