Comptoir has ceased trading and the business is for sale.
It is with immense sadness that I’ve been forced to make the decision to close Comptoir, and find a buyer for the Comptoir business.
Comptoir was the culmination of a collection of my experiences, and of what I felt made a wine bar great. But it was our loyal patrons, suppliers and friends who helped us shape it into a wonderful, welcoming space, where wine was the mutual friend. The little moments that were created aren’t little. They have meant the world to me, and the experience is one I will forever cherish. Thank you.
- David Lawler
16 MARCH 2018
Owner David Lawler was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2007, and over the past twelve months David’s condition has deteriorated to the point where operating a business such as Comptoir is no longer physically possible. David has also recently resigned his post as President of Sommeliers Australia after a 12-year tenure, due to his health.
MS is a disease that is not preventable and there is no known cure. It affects the central nervous system, interfering with the brain’s ability to control such functions as vision and walking, and each person has a different disease course. David is in the ‘Secondary Progressive’ stage. For David, the key symptom is weakened limbs, and he is now wheelchair-bound, making the physical requirements asked of a wine bar an impossibility. Thankfully David has retained his thinking and memory capacity.
Opening in November 2016, Comptoir quickly created a loyal following, particularly amongst residents of Collingwood and those in the hospitality industry who valued David’s highly personalised service, thoughtful collection of wines and concise food offering.
For David, Comptoir was the culmination of over 25 years of wine knowledge and service finesse. David is one of Australia’s most awarded and peer-respected sommeliers and has received many of the industry’s top accolades, including Wine List awards from The Age, Wine Spectator and World Of Fine Wine, the Sommelier of The Year, inducted as a ‘Legend’ by the Melbourne and Food & Wine Festival, and a ‘Chevalier’ by the Ordre Des Coteaux De Champagne.
The closure of Comptoir is naturally a devastating reality for David of the physical limitations of his condition and the end of a long-held dream.
“It is with immense sadness that I’ve been forced to make the decision to close and find a buyer for Comptoir. I need to place my immediate focus on seeking a new medication regime to best manage the next stage of the MS disease, and hope to forge a professional way forward where my passion and experience in wine can be applied in a way that can align with the demands of my health,” says David.
The business offers the prospective buyer a chance to fill a gap and provide a dynamic wine and food offer to locals and discerning foodies. Interested parties in the purchase of Comptoir can email email@example.com.
COMPTOIR CELLAR & BAR
60 Stanley Street, Collingwood VIC 3066.