Architect assures Belgian city that plan to rebuild frietkots with shiny facades will also preserve chip stall traditions
The frite, or frieten, as they say in the Dutch-speaking north of Belgium, is a national institution. But given the skinny chip’s veneration, whether enjoyed with a dab of mayonnaise or taken au naturel, the ramshackle appearance of many of the frietkots from which they are dispensed around Brussels has been a source of shame for the city council.
The embarrassment has prompted officials in the capital to commission a prize-winning architect to rebuild 10 of the chip shacks, creating shiny, ecologically friendly, shrines to frites. The aim is not only to attract tourists but serve and satisfy the city’s residents.