Meat the new Port butcher
Six local restaurants get coveted chef hats
THE long wait for a friendly local butcher in Port Douglas is finally over.
More than a decade after Port Douglas was left without a local butchery, the Malone family is preparing to celebrate the opening of their meat market in the old Leonard’s Chicken shop at Port Village Shopping Centre ahead of schedule next Wednesday.
Malone’s Butchery owners Todd and Kate Malone have 12 year’s experience running high-end butcheries in Sydney and decided on the move to Port Douglas after falling in love with the area while visiting family.
They have been joined by Todd’s brother Matthew and aim to provide a familyorientated butchery providing top quality service and product.
“Our whole philosophy is to provide a family butchery with family values which sells healthy, ethically-raised premium meats which taste great and offer consistency,” Todd said.
“We’ve done our research from the paddock to the plate so we can guarantee exactly where our meats come from and know they’re nutritious with no hormones or chemicals.”
Todd said they were attracted to Port Douglas not just to be closer to family who live here, but to be part of a community.
“Port Douglas feels a lot like the small town we grew up in South Australia and after many years in Sydney we really missed the community vibe,” he said.
“Everyone has been so welcoming and friendly since we arrived, every person we have met through the business has offered to help us out in some way with no expectations.
“It’s been inspirational for us and has really reinforced that we’ve made the right decision.
“We’ve moved here hopefully for the rest of our lives and we’re really looking forward to becoming a part of the community.”
Malone’s Butchery will update its facebook page daily with facts and information about healthy meats as well as recipes, specials and competitions.
They are busy putting the final touches on the shop to be open in time for people to throw a Malone’s Butchery steak on the barbie for Australia Day. PORT Douglas has cemented its reputation as a diners’ paradise with six local restaurants awarded a coveted chef’s hat by the Australian Good Food and Travel Guide.
Only three Cairns restaurants achieved the accolade bestowed on Salsa Bar and Grill, Harrisons, Bistro 3, Bucci, Sassi Cantina and Zinc.
Zinc restaurant owner Marco Piat said achieving a hat in the guide was a team effort.
“It’s the whole team that brings it all together, the front of house staff and the bar staff and of course the chefs who make it all happen because not one of us can do it on our own,” he said.
“Restaurant life is a full-on life but we love it and if we can bring joy and fantastic food and wines to our customers there is no better life.”
Feast your eyes on that: Matthew, Kate and Todd Malone
Something to celebrate: the Zinc restaurant team