Reach For The Stars’n’Bars: Monaco’s Favorite Family Restaurant Reopens Tomorrow

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Nancy Heslin   Forbes Monaco

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UPDATE: As part of World Environment Day tomorrow, residents looking to dispose of small appliances and household waste can do so at Stars’n’Bars tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Small appliances, cables, bulbs, neon lights, batteries and other special household waste of small sizes will be accepted but no large appliances, furniture, rubble-type or hazardous waste (solvents, paint, aerosols).

From June 2, as the country enters Phase 3 of deconfinement, restaurants in Monaco will reopen after a two-month hibernation.

This includes the 2,000-square-meter landmark in the port, the family-friendly Stars’n’Bars, where 100% of the electricity comes from renewable energy sources, cofounded in 1993 by Didier Rubiolo and Kate Powers.

The Stars’n’Bars staff of 60, who “were quick to be supported” by the government’s temporary furlough scheme, kept it touch during the coronavirus lockdown through a WhatsApp Starsnbars Team chat.

Powers tells Forbes Monaco, “I feel even closer to my team and it’s fantastic to see all the new ideas we’ve been brainstorming about over the past few months taking shape.”

An emotional Powers adds, “I am deeply moved by our staff’s enthusiasm coming back to do the clean up, and their investment and involvement in the reorganization—seeing the port terrace back in place, the launch of our new menu—and we are very excited to welcome clients and families back. We have more fun surprises to share with them, including animations for children and our new ping-pong table.”

Like all restaurants in Monaco, Tuesday’s grand opening at Stars’n’Bars will include implementing the government’s strict health measures, a 39-point list which includes a minimum distance of 1.5 meters between tables, reservations only and for a maximum of six people, and the wearing of masks for all staff. Customers also must wear a mask when entering the restaurant and at any other moment when they are not sitting at their table.

“We are lucky to have such a large space and our service areas have been remodeled to guarantee social distancing and customer comfort,” Powers explains. This includes the top floor StarDeck, with its harbor views, previously a hospitality and events space that will now accommodate lunch and dinner sittings.

Diners will quickly notice that prices have not changed on the reduced menu, which focuses on dishes made from local, organic and fresh products, partly provided by the restaurant’s sizeable vegetable garden.

Classic customer favorites like the BigStar double cheeseburger are still on the menu but spoiler alert: chef Rubiolo will not be whipping up his famous guacamole unless the avocados can be found locally.

Homemade vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free choices—as well as a new homemade Kombucha (KombuSTARS) and organic cola made in France—can also be found on the digital menu, an easy to disinfect tablet. Alternatively, a QR code is available for customers who prefer to download our menu on their phones.

Open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. (from 8:30 a.m. on weekends), take-away options using recyclable and compostable containers will continue to be offered, although customers may need to wear a mask if entering the restaurant to order or pick up food.

Typical of Stars’n”Bars to hit the ground running during their first week open, as part of World Environment Day this Friday, June 5, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. there will be a special E-Waste collection outside the restaurant.

“Our E-Waste drive is in partnership with the Société Monégasque d'Assainissement,” says Stars’n’Bars long-time manager Annette Anderson. “They are really doing an incredible job of educating Monaco residents and especially kids about how we can all take responsibility for reducing, recycling and properly disposing our daily waste.”

Small appliances, cables, bulbs, neon lights, batteries and other special household waste of small sizes can be deposited but no hazardous waste (solvents, paint, aerosols) or furniture, large appliances or rubble-type waste.

The Mission for the Energy Transition will also be on hand Friday from noon to 3 p.m. to talk to residents about the national pact to reduce Monaco's carbon footprint by 50% before 2030.

Article first published on June 1, 2020.

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Nancy Heslin   Forbes Monaco

Nancy Heslin is an established journalist and lifestyle writer. She has been the Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Monaco magazine (bimonthly in English) , since the magazine's 2nd issue . Launched in November 2018, Forbes Monaco is part of the Forbes family, with its 7 million readers and 71 million monthly website visitors worldwide.