The bistro at Wrocław's cultural infopoint Bar Barbara will be closed for the entirety of December to facilitate the handover to its new operator.
Named after the iconic bar that stood in its place during the communist era, Bar Barbara has been a popular spot for artists, creatives and tourists since it opened in June 2015. The quiet bistro at Bar Barbara is also frequented by people keen to do a bit of co-working, remote working or even conduct a private language lesson.
The company currently operating the bistro have nonetheless decided not to renew their contract, and now Bar Barbara are seeking a new firm to run the cafe. Bids for the contract have already been received from various parties according to Krzysztof Maj, the former head of Wrocław 2016. It is said that the winner will be announced some time next week.
December is seen as the best month for the handover to take place, given that many customers will be off work or away visiting family during the festive season. The public will still be able to use the facilities in Bar Barbara after December the 1st, although the bistro will of course be closed. However once the refurbishment process begins, Bar Barbara will be completely shut.
Fans of Bar Barbara in its current form will understandably be worried by the prospect of change. However Krzysztof Maj has sought to reassure people that the "format will be the same". The new operator will only be required to freshen up the menu and possibly change the furniture in the bistro.
If all goes to the plan, the new-look bistro will open on January 8th.