Pavement Whispers: the Lune Croissanterie crew takes on after-dark trade with new sipping spot Butler Wine Bar
Having thoroughly conquered morning cravings with its range of world-renowned baked goods, Lune Croissanterie is now looking to bridge day and night trade with a brand-new concept – one driven by community, comfort and conscience. Butler Wine Bar is a forthcoming neighbourhood locale straddling the border between South Brisbane and West End – one that will translate Lune’s attention to detail and knack for stellar service to the world of wine, snacks and intimate hospitality. It’s set to open in mid-November – here’s what we know …
The dust has yet to settle after the impact of Lune Croissanterie’s Brisbane arrival. The early-August opening of the famed bakery’s Queensland flagship caused a stir that is yet to settle into a simmer – lines can still be seen snaking away from Lune’s Manning Street locale every morning, with hungry hordes jostling for an artisanal croissant, kouign amann or fruit-filled danish. With this highly anticipated expansion still in its infancy (and work slowly progressing on a similarly sized Sydney operation), you’d think The Lune Co crew would be eager to ease its foot off the proverbial pedal somewhat. The company’s brains trust – that is siblings Kate and Cameron Reid and Melbourne restaurateur Nathan Toleman – clearly aren’t eager to slow things down. They’re actually speeding up, in fact – quickly following up one landmark opening with another. This time the team is swapping pain au chocolat for pinot noir and cruffins for chenin blanc at Butler Wine Bar, an intimate drink spot nestled next to Lune at the base of Aria Property Group’s The Standard.
While early morning croissant baking and post-sunset sips are two distinctly different realms within hospitality, Kate, Cameron and Nathan all boast oodles of experience working in and operating evening venues (Nathan’s The Mulberry Group operates Hazel and Dessous, while Cam previously ran Sydney bar Ching-a-lings). With Butler Wine Bar, The Lune Co crew will underline the pure hospitable nature of bar-style service, creating an all-are-welcome atmosphere (think the same convivial charm as a neighbourhood local) that eschews pretension in favour of personable service. Brisbane-based architecture firm Hogg & Lamb will again assist on the design of the 50-sqm venue, this time given creative control of Butler’s interior look. We’ve been told to expect an aesthetic approach that blurs the line between working and customer spaces, with a freewheeling vibe akin to dining at the residence of a fun friend. The venue will boast a 15-seater bar and a cluster of cosy banquettes inside, while outdoor seats will be licensed and activated to become a breezy alfresco addition. Butler Wine Bar will rep local across both food and beverage menus, with a built-in directive to champion proximity, seasonality and sustainability where possible. Butler’s menu of eats will be deliberately short, but focused – cheeses, snacks, small plates and larger-format dishes will be wrought from Queensland produce sourced from local suppliers, with pickling and fermentation methods employed to get the full life out of every item. Butler’s close-t0-home ethos also extends to its wine list, which will showcase an assortment of Queensland and Australian producers at an accessible price point. A tight cocktail list will also be driven by seasonality, with spirits from local distillers filtering into tall and juicy concoctions that reflect Brisbane’s balmy climate.
Butler Wine Bar is targeting a mid-November opening. The team is currently on the hunt for a venue manager to oversee operations – interested parties are encouraged to apply here. Be sure to follow the bar’s Instagram page for more updates.
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