Meat the new Port butcher

Six lo­cal restau­rants get cov­eted chef hats

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.”

Photo by GREG MCLEAN

Feast your eyes on that: Matthew, Kate and Todd Malone

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

Some­thing to cel­e­brate: the Zinc restau­rant team

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