A year on from successfully opening The Wolfe in East Brisbane, Paul McGivern is at it again. This time it’s a wine bar, inspired by his experiences in France.
“When I was working in Burgundy in 2010 I used to go to this wine bar called Bruno de Vin,” McGivern says. “It basically got me thinking, ‘I’m going to open up a wine bar.’”
La Lune Wine Co is set to open in mid-March and will slot into a ground level space at Aria Property’s newly built Melbourne Residences on South Brisbane’s Melbourne Street, but fronting Fish Lane. While the building looks new and modern, the wine bar itself will be a world apart.
“It’s not going to have that modern, new, bland fit-out,” McGivern says. “It’s going to look very worn and very comfortable.”
The intimate 38-seater will feature an open kitchen where diners will be able to watch and chat with the chefs and sommeliers. There will be no gas cooktops or extraction-fans in sight. Instead, induction and sous vide cooking will be the preferred cooking methods. “The whole idea about the place is interaction,” says McGivern. “When you are sitting at the bar eating, you’re talking to a chef and a somm.”
To start with, McGivern will spend all his time in the La Lune Wine Co kitchen, but has hired the services of experienced chef Peter Moon (ex-Black Pearl Epicure, Anise) to work alongside him. Once things settle down, McGivern will work between both of his venues. The menu will feature four components: “The Raw”, “The Charcuterie”, “The Cheese” and a small selection of six to seven larger, more elaborate dishes that will match with wine.
The wine list has been written by McGivern in collaboration with his mate Nick Farr from By Farr Winery, and Olivia Evans, the head sommelier at The Wolfe, who will take on the bar manager role at La Lune come opening time. Expect to see plenty of McGivern’s favourite wines on the list: chardonnay, pinot noir and, of course, Burgundy.
La Lune Wine Co will open at 109 Melbourne Street in mid-March.