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Atelier Oï: how to turn former factory into gourmet restaurant

Owned by famous Berliner chef Urs Hauri, the Kochwerkstatt Münsingen transforms former USM factory

Jules Moser

Owned by Swiss chef Urs Hauri, the Kochwerkstatt Münsingen is headquartered in a former USM factory in Münsingen, Bern. A selection of USM Haller dining tables were made especially for the restaurant with Japanese cedar wood

Atelier Oï turns former forge factory into a culinary workshop: indeed, the old USM headquarters in Müsingen, at a short distance from Bern, now relives as luxury restaurant. Owned by Swiss chef Urs Hauri, it bears the name “Kochwerkstatt Müsingen” (Müsingen culinary workshop) so to pay tribute to the site’s original industrial nature. Anvils, forges, hammers and pliers have been replaced by pots, pans and stoves hovered over by chef Christian Thierstein, the right-hand man of Urs Hauri himself. 

Previously operating as USM furniture workshop until 1961 – right when the whole business moved to Bern –, the large building at Bahnhofplatz 9 underwent a major renovation by Atelier Oï based on refined material palettes and custom-made furniture scattered throughout the restaurant and meeting hall on the upper level, as well as the seminar room at the top floor. The architecture is enriched by a selection of USM Haller dining tables and chairs, made especially for the restaurant with Japanese cedar wood. As for the lighting, generous-sized total-white lamps flood the space with bright light. 

Strictly on reservation, from Tuesday to Friday the restaurant serves a daily changing business lunch with four courses and seasonal menues. Upon request, the cooking workshop is also open in the evening. Apart from its wide range of culinary delicacies, the Kochwerkstatt Münsingen is strong of a prestigious array of wines and whiskeys available at the bar – a special treat already offered at “La Table de Urs Hauri”, the first Urs Hauri-owned restaurant in Bern.

Fine liquors go hand in hand with an exclusive selection of cigars coming straight from Dominican Republic, Cuba and Honduras, all stored in a charming smoking lounge located in the basement: here, solid wood essences artfully interact with warm-looking painted steel surfaces, those of Allegro and Allegretto hanging lamps by Foscarini.



by Alessandra D'Angelo / 19 April 2017


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