Heinz Julen tells the story behind 1818 Eat & Drink through the generations.
"As the story goes, Alexander Seiler was converting the two old typical Walser houses on the main street of the village, adjacent to the Hotel Monte Rosa. He wanted to include the third adjoining house, which dated back to 1818. However, he was unable to come to an agreement with its owner (Josef Perren, former president of Zermatt and my grandmother's father), and so the 1818 house was excluded, on its own, from his work.
The ancestors of both my father's and my mother's family lived in this house.
In 1996 I bought the land above by the Omnia and was looking for a way to develop lift access. My uncle on my mother's side, Gabriel Perren, owned an apartment in the 1818 building. It was Gabriel Perren who came up with the idea of going through its garden to the Omnia, and so the owners decided to sell the 1818 to me.
In 1997 the access tunnel was built and the first restaurant, with its spectacular basement level, opened. I wanted to run this restaurant myself until the Into opened in 2000.
From 1997 – 1999 I was able to enlist two competitors from Findeln to launch the project with me: Enzo and Vrony took over management and the restaurant took their names. ENZO&VRONY. This combination proved extremely successful, and in the first two winters the restaurant was practically fully booked all the time!
In 2000 management of the restaurant passed to the Into and it was renamed 1818 (after the year the house was built). When the Into closed, so too did the restaurant.
From 2002 – 2007 I was able to gain Karl Ivarson for the restaurant. His career at the Hotel Post had just come to an abrupt end. He ran Moods for five years, up until his well-deserved retirement.
From 2007 – 2015 Thomas Sterchi took charge and successfully managed the Heimberg, achieving 16 GaultMillau points and a Michelin star in the process.
From December 2015 the Seiler Hotels are taking over the restaurant under the management of André Seiler and giving it back its original name of 1818. And so a long history comes full circle."