Top floor of Bury St Edmunds’ fire-hit Cupola House reopens as The Phoenix Champagne Bar

The new lounge at the Bourgee restaurant within Cupola House, Bury St Edmunds.
Picture: Chris Reeve

The new lounge at the Bourgee restaurant within Cupola House, Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Chris Reeve - Credit: Archant

The team behind steak and lobster restaurant chain Bourgee have re-opened the top floor of the historic Cupola House building in Bury St Edmunds as a “luxe lounge”.

The new lounge at the Bourgee restaurant within Cupola House, Bury St Edmunds.
Picture: Chris Reeve

The new lounge at the Bourgee restaurant within Cupola House, Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Chris Reeve - Credit: Archant

Bourgee opened in Bury in May this year, after working with architects on the reconstruction of the building, the The Traverse, following a disastrous fire in 2012.

The new bar has been named The Phoenix Champagne Bar, following a social media campaign encouraging followers to vote for their favourite name from a choice of four options reflecting the history of the area. The winning name reflects the revival of the building, like the mythical phoenix bird rising from the flames.

Mark Baumann, co-founder of Bourgee, said: “We are delighted to unveil the new name and can’t wait to start welcoming guests to The Phoenix Champagne Bar.

“Never has there been a more fitting name for an iconic venue that has come back from the brink. We see our new bar as a celebration of the building’s revival, and feel the name the public have selected is spot on. We look forward to guests raising a glass to celebrate Cupola House back at its finest.”

Fellow co-founder James Welling added; “Since opening the restaurant back in May, we have been overwhelmed with the support from the local community.

“When it came to formally opening our Luxe Lounge, which sits pride of place at the top of the building, we knew we needed to get our customers involved with selecting the official name for this space.

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“It’s been wonderful to see how passionate our fans and followers are about selecting the right name that really references the heritage of the market town.

“In the end, the story of the phoenix rising from the flames captured everyone’s imagination, and we can’t wait to invite patrons to enjoy their favourite tipple within this wonderful setting.”