Bistro adds room for pinot and a piano

Bistro Bobette at at 1209 E. Cary St. (Photo by Michael Thompson)

Bistro Bobette at at 1209 E. Cary St. (Photo by Michael Thompson)

Wine lovers just got a little more room to breathe in Shockoe Slip.

Bistro Bobette last week unveiled the French restaurant’s new wine cellar. The addition doubled the size of the restaurant at 1209 E. Cary St. to about 2,200 square feet.

Owners and husband-and-wife team Francis Devilliers and Wendy Kalif will use the added space as a retail area to sell wine and for both private parties and public events. The space, which can fit about 40 people, has a full bar and an upright piano.

Increasing demand for a private dining area prompted the expansion, Kalif said.

“People like to be separated from everyone else,” she said.

Devilliers said construction on the space began in September and lasted about 35 days. He said the interior design work took the most time to complete. He would not say how much the renovations cost. More than $18,000 in building permits have been issued for the space since September, according to city records.

The new space is in the restaurant’s basement level. There is a separate entrance and an elevator that oenophiles can use when picking up wine. Bistro Bobette has put together cases for the holidays that include red, white and dessert wine for $185. Single bottles are also available.

Devilliers said that he hopes to host parties for charities and private companies in the space and that he plans to host a jazz band once a month.

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