Iconic French restaurant Alains has closed doors
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.