For more than 10 years, C’est Bon has been providing an excellent French fine-dining experience from a poky tenancy on Stanley Street. But times have been tough for the Brisbane dining scene, as evidenced by the closure of high-end restaurants such as The Survey Co, Esquire and Margo.
C’est Bon owners Celine Damour and Peter Roelfes admit they have been struggling too, but they’re now looking to bounce back with a new wine bar next door.
“We were struggling with the business for the past couple of years,” Roelfes says. “At the end of the day, you have to look at how much money people want to spend, so we decided to build a bar.”
The aim of the wine bar is to make C’est Bon more accessible and flexible. It has been three years in the planning, but it only took six weeks to complete the build. The heritage-listed space, which was previously a butcher, has been given a modern look with exposed bricks, imposing archways and polished wooden floorboards.
The bar menu features charcuterie, cheese, oysters and foie gras, accompanied by house-made baguette. A bistro menu will soon be added and feature main dishes around the $20 mark.
“We don’t want people to think they can come, or not come, depending on money,” Damour says. “We want people to realise, ‘Oh yeah we can go there!’”
With the addition of the wine bar, the C’est Bon drinks list has grown. As expected, there are numerous French wines, many of which come from Damour’s birthplace of Burgundy in France. Other new additions are cocktails, spirits and four beer taps.
Damour says this is only stage one. Stage two involves a breakfast and lunch menu for the wine bar, a wine cellar and function room, a rooftop bar and an urban garden. She expects this to be completed around November.
“In six months, we see ourselves open from 6am to midnight,” Damour says. “You will always find something to eat.”
C’est Bon's Wine Bar
609 Stanley Street, Woolloongabba
(07) 3891 2008
Tue to Sat 5pm–late