Brunswick wine bar & Bottle-o, Rascal, is set to shut its doors in the coming weeks.
The owners have been unable to come to mutual agreement with their landlord to continue trading at 341 Sydney Road, and have been unable to find a suitable new home in Brunswick.
"It is a real shame that we have gotten to this point. I feel particularly sad for the staff, many of whom have been with us from the start." says John Ryan, co-owner. "The disparity between what our landlord wants, and what the going rate is in the area is far too great. Coupled with a downturn in mid-week night-time trade on Sydney Road, we are unable to see a way forward. It feels strange closing the doors on a business that we have worked so hard on, and is still busy on weekends. We are immensely proud of what we have achieved, and the unique brand that we have created that champions Brunswick."
Rascal has been recognised as a TOP50 bar in the Good Food Guide 2021, was nominated for numerous TimeOut awards, regularly featured in media as one Melbourne's best 'northside' bars, and was featured in a global Mini Cooper campaign.
The owners will work with existing staff to ensure they are able to transition to equivalent roles within the industry. Rascal would like to take the opportunity to thank the staff, suppliers and local community for their support over the years.
The venue will trade as a restaurant until Saturday May 28th, where they will be hosting dinner and drinks until late in the evening. Resident DJ Mr Weir will be gracing the decks for one last time to see the venue off. Rascal will re-open as a clearance bottle-shop from Wednesday May 31 until mid-June, where they will be selling their range of old and new world wines and beers for clearance prices, along with glasses, cutlery and crockery.