King of Belgian restaurants murdered

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Denis-Adrien Debouvrie, owner of multiple restaurants in Beenhouwersstraat and around the Market Square, was stabbed to death in his apartment.

11 September 2008

BRUSSELS -- The owner of several restaurants of the Beenhouwersstraat in Central Brussels has been found dead in his apartment.

Denis-Adrien Debouvrie, 74, has been stabbed to death. His body was discovered in his flat above the restaurant La Vielle Ville in the Korte Beenhouwersstraat.
Debouvrie owns several restaurants in the Beenhouwersstraat - the most famous restaurant street in Brussels – and many more in the area around the Market Square.

In 1985, Debouvrie also took the initiative to make Jeanneke Pis, a female version of Manneken Pis, the world famous bronze fountain sculpture depicting a naked little boy urinating into the fountain's basin.

Police said that Debouvrie’s flat has been searched thoroughly. The killing may be a settling of accounts by business acquaintances, but the police are not ruling anything out.

According to the daily Het Laatste Nieuws, Debouvrie regularly had dates with young men.

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