The Eiffel Tower’s food and drink service concession: The contract has been signed and now it’s time for work to start in the Jules Verne Restaurant

Monday 10 september 2018

As previously announced by SETE (the Eiffel Tower Operating Company), the operating contract for the Eiffel Tower’s food and drink concession was signed on 24 August between SETE and the Umanis Company composed of Sodexo, in partnership with the duo of Michelin-starred chefs Frédéric Anton (3*) and Thierry Marx (2*), and the Ubudu start-up. The effective date of the contract will be 1 October 2018, for a period of ten years.


In this context, the Jules Verne Restaurant closed its doors on after the evening service on Sunday 2 September. The restaurant was cleared out on the night of September 2-3 to make room for the work that will take place over two distinct phases:

1. Until the end of 2018: work on the building’s thermal insulation and waterproofing, supported by SETE.

2. From early 2019 to spring: work on the layout and interior design, managed by the new concessionaire.



All the work needed to set up the future restaurant project (Bar, Take Away, etc.) will be completed by early 2020. At that time, visitors will have the pleasure of discovering an entirely redesigned architectural project, as well as a modern and exemplified culinary offer taken from an ambitious socio-environmental approach.

About the Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel (SETE) (Eiffel Tower Operating Company)

On November 1, 2017, the City of Paris entrusted the operation and management of the Eiffel Tower to SETE for the next 15 years, as part of a delegation of public service for a period of 15 years. SETE is a local public company, of which 60% of the capital is held by the City of Paris and 40% by the Department of Paris. Its Board of Directors is chaired by Bernard Gaudillère, Paris Counsellor. SETE, which has around 340 employees and achieved a turnover of 83.3 million euros in 2018, is directed by Anne Yannic.