Iconic French restau­rant Alains has closed doors

Whitsunday Times - - BUSINESS NEWS -

ALAINS Restau­rant on Cannonvale Beach has closed it doors for good af­ter 10 years in busi­ness on the week­end.

The iconic French restau­rant has de­lighted cus­tomers with a deca­dent de­gus­ta­tion menu and has played an im­por­tant part in lo­cals’ lives, help­ing cel­e­brate wed­dings, an­niver­saries and many other spe­cial mo­ments.

The in­ti­mate restau­rant pro­vided a clas­sic French am­bi­ence that guests loved to in­dulge in for an evening of fine din­ing with fam­ily and friends.

Head chef Alain An­to­nius said he was a bit sad at sell­ing the busi­ness, but was look­ing for­ward to hav­ing a short rest be­fore start­ing on a new ven­ture, which may in­clude sell­ing his wares at the mar­ket.

BIG4 Ad­ven­ture Re­sort owner Naomi McKin­non will be tak­ing over the restau­rant with her hus- band Greg McKin­non.

The McKin­non fam­ily have owned BIG4 Ad­ven­ture Re­sort for the past 20 years.

Ms McKin­non said she was keen to sink her teeth into a new busi­ness pro­ject.

“It has al­ways been a pas­sion of mine to be in hos­pi­tal­ity and it seemed like a nat­u­ral fit to com­bine tourism and hos­pi­tal­ity and bring for­ward the prin­ci­pals of the park into a cafe,” she said.

“I see the restau­rant as a lit­tle gem in one of the most spec­tac­u­lar lo­ca­tions in Air­lie Beach and I am very pas­sion­ate about keep­ing lo­cal busi­ness alive.”

Ms McKin­non said they would be in­vest­ing $80,000 to $100,000 to rein­vent the restau­rant as a day­time cafe with new ad­di­tions to the kitchen and a new in­te­rior set-up.

The cafe will be re­launched as the Fat Frog Beach Cafe and is sched­uled to open in Septem­ber.

BUSI­NESS CLOSED: Alains Restau­rant owner and head chef Alain An­to­nious, pic­tured with Sally May­bloom, closed the doors of the iconic French fine din­ing restau­rant on the week­end.

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