An iconic celebration libation, the champagne flowed with a little more significance at Room with Roses’ opening of The Champagne Room. A champagne fountain was a nod to the elegance of yesteryear that is reflected in Room with Roses and its home, the grand old Brisbane Arcade. Champagne showers also probably would have upset the guests.
Over champagne, canapés and more than one (or two) petite desserts I learnt the details of the infamous Mayne family murderer, a story which spans generations and involves a butcher, a doctor, the Brisbane Arcade, Kangaroo Point and the University of Queensland. The secrets that the Brisbane Arcade holds are palpable, it is a slice of the old world hidden in plain sight.
The room buzzed with admiration for the spectacular hostess and owner, a glamorous redhead who stole the show in an elegant, floor-length black gown. I love the passion of small business owners, particularly when they breath new life into a historic venue.