Upmarket wine bar/cafe comes to Gladstone



RESIDENTS who enjoy the night-life will have a new upmarket venue to wine and dine in by early October.

Gladstone businessman Peter Richardson is well on the way toward transforming the previous Cafe Parisien into a high class 'club' with full cuisine.

'The proposal is for an upmarket cafe-by-day/wine-bar-by night venue where it will be a pleasure to stop and enjoy a quiet ale or glass of wine,' Mr Richardson said.

The wine bar will be known as 'Vino Vino'.

Mr Richardson said the atmosphere would be of 'an established English club with lounge chairs and table and bar setting'. The Goondoon Street shop (opposite the Grand Hotel) has already been stripped of its former fittings and its transformation is scheduled to begin in September.

Completion will be in about six weeks.

'This venue will be the return of the the type of quality restaurants that once had been the talk of visitors to our city,' he said.

Mr Richardson said the objection period to his application for a liquor licence closed on Wednesday and he envisaged no problems in obtaining the permit.

He said the owner of the former Atrios cafe/restaurant, Eddie Muller, would be in charge of the day and night cuisine.

Mr Richardson said Gladstone was ready for a high class restaurant and the shop was ideally placed to pick up theatre-goers who had limited places to go after a show finished.

The new cafe/wine bar is also expected to benefit from Gladstone City Council's revamping of Goondoon Street. The Library Square development soon to get underway is expected to draw greater local and tourism visitation to Gladstone's central business district.



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