Winery’s top eatery on hunt for chefs
Break for The Barrelroom
THE frantic search for a new tenant to run one of the Granite Belt’s best known eateries is on after The Barrelroom and Larder’s owners announced they will close on December 31.
The establishment at Ballandean Estate was named in The Sunday Mail’s
Delicious 100 list this year and has been part of Queensland’s oldest familyowned-and-operated winery for three years.
Co-owner Arabella Chambers and partner Travis Crane are moving back to Brisbane to be closer to both their families, after Ms Chambers’ grandmother recently died.
Mr Crane has been asked to become head chef at a restaurant opening in James St, Fortitude Valley, in January.
“We had always planned to settle here long term, but with things happening back home we decided to re-assess and we decided to be closer to family,” Ms Chambers said.
She was tight-lipped about the name of the new restaurant but said it would involve one of Mr Crane’s great loves, cooking over woodfire.
“It’s a fantastic business, it’s running really well,” she said, adding it was “very rewarding” to be part of the Puglisi family.
“They’ve always supported us and done everything they could to help and it’ll be very sad to leave them.”
She thanked diners and said the public’s support had been overwhelming in the three years they had run the Barrelroom, which has been part of the Ballandean Estate since 1997.
Ballandean Estate business manager Robyn Henderson said The Barrelroom was likely to be closed from December 31 while a replacement tenant was found.
“We want to still produce the best food on the Granite Belt so we’re looking high and low for someone to take over the restaurant,” Mrs Henderson said.
“It’s a great challenge.” She said Ballandean
Estate had been serving food since the 1970s and would continue.
“We opened the restaurant full time, seven days a week in
1997 and we will absolutely find somebody else to replace these guys,” she said.
Ballandean Estate will retain the business name The Barrelroom, which its eatery has been known as for the last 20 years.
“We wish (Arabella and Travis) all the best,” Mrs Henderson said.
“They have made an incredible difference to food on the Granite Belt and really promoted local produce like I believe was never done before.”
She said there were no hard feelings and the tenants had stayed for the duration of their lease and had been “great ambassadors for the Granite Belt”.
“We’ve really appreciated having them...we would have loved for them to stay forever,” Mrs Henderson said.
Ballandean Estate has 40,000 visitors to its cellar door every year and has multiple attractions for a top chef, and Mrs Henderson was confident one would take on the gig.
“We are a great lessor...we are a family who wants to help somebody into this business,” Mrs Henderson said. “We will do whatever we can to help the people who come in...their business is inside our business.”
They have made an incredible difference to food on the Granite Belt.
MOVING ON: The Barrelroom and Larder's Arabella Chambers and Travis Crane.
Arabella Chambers and Travis Crane in 2015.