South Congress restaurant Little Barrel and Brown announced a changed menu under a new French chef last year, and it seems like that kicked off a transformation for the South Congress restaurant. Now known as August & Marcel Wine Bar, the revamped restaurant features French-inspired tapas, wine, and cocktails from the same location at 1716 South Congress Avenue.
The initial changes started in May last year when the ownership and chef were replaced by people with the most French names ever. First, Sébastien Charbonneaux, who grew up in France, bought Little Barrel from brothers Andrew and Matthew Botticelli (who also operate the nearby Italian restaurant Botticelli’s). Later that month, Cédric François, who is from Dijon, France, took over as the chef from Russell Dougherty, who left for far south bar The Little Darlin.
The full rebrand, including the name change (Auguste and Marcel are Charbonneaux’s sons), was completed in January. The new wine bar has kept a similar menu with a few new French-inspired small plates (think: cheese boards, mussels, and flatbreads) that can be enjoyed indoors or on the small outdoor patio.
Auguste is open from 4 to 10:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday; 4 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday.