WORK will soon start on a swanky new wine bar in the heart of Wodonga.
Fine dining restaurant Miss Amelie owner David Kapay said Little Miss Wine Bar was a timely extension to the business, which opened in mid-2016.
“It’s the perfect flow-on effect to the restaurant,” he said.
“It’s good to keep building and improving all the time; it will complement the space very well.”\
Mr Kapay said the 40-seat wine bar was an estimated $100,000 investment in the business.
He said the venture followed a positive first 18 months in Junction Place.
“Construction will start in the New Year and we expect it to be open in March,” Kapay said.
Albury business Murphy Developments will complete the renovation while Albury-Wodonga interior designers Ivey Interiors will style the space.
Mr Kapay said the wine bar would channel inner-city sophistication.
He said highlights were a floating fire place and a range of comfortable seating options.
“We wanted to create something classy where people could go after work for a cocktail or glass of wine,” he said.
“It will be perfect for a pre-dinner drink or after-dinner drink.”
Mr Kapay said he had already employed a full-time bar manager.
He said former award-winning Hollywoods Pizza operator Nick Bond would overhaul the wine list, tripling it in size.
“Nick will be working his magic on the drinks list both locally and internationally,” he said.
“The wine list will be extended before the renovation is done.
“We’ll also offer good bourbon, good whisky; five different brands in each spirit.”
Mr Kapay said a sophisticated selection of tapas would be available to Little Miss Wine Bar patrons.
“We’ll offer tapas, cheeses, oysters, cured fish, that type of quality,” he said.
Mr Kapay got his hospitality start on the Border before working in British restaurants owned by celebrity chefs Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay.
On top of a fine dining a la carte menu, Miss Amelie offers a degustation menu on the second Thursday of the month.