In sport or in the world of work, we say “go to the coal” for someone who is not afraid, who is voluntary, who takes up challenges.
Sébastien Burtin, the boss of the Minièra bar-restaurant, is going twice over coal because he opens at the top of rue Cayrade, at the beginning of October, a bar-pub, like you find across the Channel, something unusual in our sector (only three or four establishments bear this name in Rodez and Figeac). And that he rightly calls his establishment Coal, the analogy being easy to make with our mining past.
What exactly is a bar – pub? “It’s a great place to live, with drinks including beers, music, including an 8 meter long bar. To the left is a raised ‘VIP’ corner where groups of people can reserve their seats, to the right of the armchairs and tables. This pub will also offer charcuterie dishes, two giant screens will also allow sports events to be broadcast. The atmosphere is cozy in the afternoon, in a rather confidential space, will not be able to see who is inside. It will be open from Wednesday to Saturday, with exceptional openings depending on public holidays. There will be theme nights with more or less renowned DJs and groups musical”.
A big investment
That said, Sébastien Burtin has invested heavily in this new establishment. The interior of what was once the Bar de l’Hôtel de Ville had to be redone. “Everything is up to the latest standards, thermal and sound insulation, electricity, knowing that the prices of materials have soared this summer. The establishment is fully electronically controlled. There are surveillance cameras and door opening with assistance Everything is therefore managed by high technology”, adds the boss.
Staff have been hired as a result, including security guards. And an outdoor terrace with around thirty seats is in the works.
When we ask Sébastien if he’s not afraid, given the economic context, he replies: “Bassin people don’t know where to go to have fun. And it’s a way of getting the city moving, the potential is there I think. Customers will be surprised in particular by the quality of the sound system and the play of light”. Now it’s your turn to go to Charbon!