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The Falstaff, opposite the stock exchange and a strone's throw away from Grand-Place, is a typically local brasserie. First popular when its founder Madame Broeckaert opened a Weinstube in art nouveau style 1903, it would later be renamed the Falstaff. She was helped by Mr Houbion, a carpenter decorator who, at the time, worked for baron Horta. The origin of the name Falstaff comes from John known as Falstolf, who was a captain and English diplomate. In Henry V and the Merry Wives of Windsor Shakespeare portrays him as being debauched, cheeky, boastful and a wine conoisseur.The Weinstube very quickly became too small and the neighbouring house was bought in 1906.An interior courtyard, decorated with a lantern and a stained glass window with a portrait and caption of Falstaff on it is to be found out back.The whole of the brasserie is jugendstil, which is a typically Art nouveau style. The last part of it is Neo-classical with its wheel-shaped lantern.Since 2000 the Royal Commission for Monuments and Sites has officially declared le Falstaff a historic monument and you can admire the interior whilst having a drink or a bite to eat at the brasserie.
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