Like all bars in France, the business on rue Carrerot is forced to lower the curtain in November…
Like all bars in France, the business on rue Carrerot was forced to lower the curtain in November 2020, during the second confinement decided by the government to stem the Covid-19 pandemic. In January 2021, Le Bristol continues with the start of a major project, which aims to renovate the entire building from top to bottom. “This work was necessary because the hotel part had become dilapidated over time”, explains Jacques Barreix, who manages the Bristol alongside his daughter Pauline.
“We only kept the four walls”
The tenants faced a bad surprise: “The beams on the first level were in very poor condition. Everything had to be removed, so that at one point the building was just an empty shell: we only kept the four walls”
Little by little, the workers got down to raising the roof, changing the beams, and redoing all the levels. “We still offer ten rooms, but we have gained in volume,” announces Jacques Barreix. Each room now benefits from a neat and personalized decoration: “That’s Pauline’s touch! »
The ground floor has also benefited from a major facelift. A new “more modern” bar has been installed and the kitchens have been completely renovated. The decoration of the walls has been reviewed, thanks to the artistic touch of the Oloronaise Claire Leraistre. As for athletes, they will be happy to be able to count on a refurbished squash court.
The Bristol leaves on Monday with an unchanged team, made up of nine employees. “The intention is to keep the family spirit that has always permeated the place. Customers will find the same formulas, even if we may not have everything from the first days, because some restocking is more difficult in the current period, ”warns Jacques Barreix. At the end of this long project, the Oloronais manager would like to thank Michel Sestiaa for the layout of the new bar, as well as the architect Michel Labadie-Larroudé, “who showed a lot of patience”.
“We felt a great expectation”
During these two years, the closure of the Bristol has created a real lack for the many Oloronais who had become used to meeting there over a coffee or a beer. “We felt a strong expectation: we were often asked where the work was going,” recognizes Jacques Barreix. The hotel-restaurant will keep the same opening hours, Monday to Saturday.