Here’s the answer to one of the most-asked questions in the city… when is Benoit’s Wine Bar opening?

By David F. Rooney

Here’s the answer to one of the most-asked questions in the city — when is Benoit’s Wine Bar opening? The answer? In May.

“Early May, ideally,” proprietor Benoit Doucet said as he leaned against the ornate bar inside.

“It’s just about time to sell some wine.”

With the exception of the kitchen which is still waiting on some equipment, most of the establishment is complete, thanks to his own efforts and those of his girlfriend Kayle Robson and friends over the last 18 months. He’d like to find a piano for the small stage in one corner and there are a number of details that still need to be completed, but most of it is ready to go.

The bar will seat 56 people and Benoit anticipates four staff on duty catering to the needs of his customers.

Benoit will start business with a short list of wines that will change as he understands what tickles the palates of local oenophiles.

“We’ll start with a short list — wines I know and appreciate,” he said. “I think it will be a list of 20 wines that we’ll sell by the glass.”

Benoit Doucet is all smiles as he talks about getting ready for the widely anticipated opening of wine bar. David F. Rooney photo
An amusing reference to wine will make you smile when you use the loo. David F. Rooney photo
Benoit's Wine Bar will have up to four staff and can seat 56 people. David F. Rooney photo
This overhead rack for wine glasses is one of many unique touches at Benoit's Wine Bar. David F. Rooney photo
Benoit's girlfriend Kayle Robson is not only handy when it comes to mudding, as she is doing in the basement, but a shrewd and fervent believer in Benoit's vision. David F. Rooney photo
Just four or five months ago, the interior of the wine bar was a maze of power tools and stacks of materials. David F. Rooney photo