AFTER six months of standing vacant, the former Mango Jam premises have been leased and the new owners cannot wait to open their new business - Kitchen, Bistro & Bar.
The idea behind Daniel Correia and Krystal Miller’s new venture is to be a family-friendly restaurant which is affordable for locals.
“We’re aiming to be opened by the end of June,” Ms Miller said.
“We identified a gap in the market, there are lots of great places in town but it’s fine dining which is highly priced and at the other end there are some great pubs, but there’s nothing in the middle.
“Our idea was to bring it back to what this restaurant has always been, really great value, decent priced and really cater for the family.
“It’s priced so locals can come out and not feel it in their pockets - and not just on local nights.”
The owner/operators visited the town many times before moving here in April and Ms Miller has a background in project management and hospitality, while Mr Correia is a chef and worked with Danny Gray from Rattle ’N’ Hum to relaunch Paddy’s.
“The last on-season I relaunched Paddy’s with Danny and it was a good feeling rebuilding Paddy’s and have locals come in and enjoy it,” he said.
“I’ve opened many, many businesses for the same company and after Paddy’s we both went back to Sydney for the summer and got this place and here we are again.”
The menu will focus around wood-fired pizzas, pastas and salad but with a modern twist, a “contemporary Australian-Italian”.
“We’ll have modern wood-fired pizza for example will have a pork belly pizza on the menu and in addition we’re doing rustic pastas, small plates and tapas,” Ms Miller said.
“There’ll be home-made fresh ingredients, it’s honest food and is going to taste awesome.
“We want it to be casual and relaxed with a chillaxy vibe and we’re going to have a cocktail lounge.”
Before they can introduce their menu and restaurant, the business partners have a lot of work renovating the site to create their new Macrossan St restaurant.
“Our theme is nice, light and fresh and we also want the venue to look fresh and new but leaving the decorations to last, beginning with the major renovations,” Mr Correia said.
“There’s been a great reception from people in town about our opening, we’ve had people offer to work for free to get us going.”
Kitchen, Bistro & Bar will open at the end of June and will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.
Taking the plunge: Krystal Miller and Daniel Correia