Saint-Nazaire: Le Papillon, the new bar-restaurant on the Villès-Martin beach

Mélissa in full installation of the Papillon, new bar-restaurant on the beach of Villès-Martin in Saint-Nazaire (Loire-Atlantique) ©L’Echo de la Presqu’île

The Villes-Martin beach in Saint-Nazaire (Loire-Atlantique) will regain its straw hut. The bar-restaurant the Butterfly replaces the Little Bather. Finished the small wooden hut, place in a container 12 meters long.

“We made this choice because it is easy to remove from the beach and transportable. And above all, it’s easy to store”, explains Mélissa Alves Condessa who will manage the Papillon with her companion Igor Monkoka.

Because if the Papillon reinvests the beach of Villès-Martin, everything must have disappeared in October.

We have permission to open six months of the year. For this first season, we will only be present for three and a half months, because we only knew that we were chosen in March. It was too short to be ready in April.

New challenge

A new challenge for the 35-year-old couple who lived in London for 10 years. They responded to the town hall’s call for tenders in December 2021 for the takeover of the concession for 8 years.

If Mélissa, originally from Saint-Nazaire, already has a long experience in the restoration especially in England but also in Australia and for many years in various establishments on the coast, Igor, who worked in events, left everything to embark on this adventure.

“I’ve always dreamed of working in a straw hut,” notes Mélissa. The setting is magnificent. Working for six months non-stop does not scare us. This will allow us to enjoy our daughter the rest of the year…”

To help them open seven days a week, the couple has hired five people. “We were lucky given the context. We found staff quite easily. »

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homemade dishes

The container accommodates the kitchen and the bar. A wooden deck was installed to accommodate the 76 seats.

Open every day, from 10 a.m. in June and 9 a.m. in July and August until nightfall, you can eat lunch there.

We offer a menu with three starters, three main courses and three desserts. There will also be mussels and fries and oysters.

Everything is homemade and with local products. In the evening, it will be possible to have a drink accompanied by a aperitif board. “In the afternoon, we can eat donuts and ice cream and in the morning, we can have breakfast with pastries and orange juice,” says Mélissa.


In terms of atmosphere, concerts and entertainment are already planned “in the spirit of the beach”. After several months of preparations and “galleys”, the Papillon will open this Saturday, June 25 at 10 a.m. An opening that the couple is looking forward to. “We can’t wait to bring this place back to life. »

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