Restaurant mates fill gap for meat and greets
WHEN a shopfront opened at the Barr St Markets, NOA owner Sam Byrd and Mama Coco owner Davy O’Rourke jumped to secure the lease.
Three months after its in- itial conception, the team at new restaurant Hopscotch is putting the final touches on a space previously occupied by Perrotta’s.
“It was a bit of luck that they had that space available,” he said. “Davy and I have done a couple of collaborations over the last 12 months, and we’ve had a friendship for a long time, but this is our first bricks and mortar venture.”
The butcher shop Gourmet Market Meats is just next door, something Mr Byrd says the Hopscotch menu will take full advantage of.
“We’ll be focusing on an Italian and steakhouse vibe and we’ll use the best cuts from the butcher’s in our kitchen,” Mr Byrd said.
“We’ll also have great cocktails. We’ll be astro-turfing the front so it has a real ‘drinks after work’ vibe. My background has been sort of entrenched in Edge Hill, so I’m excited to branch out.”
Hopscotch is expected to open by the end of the month.
HOPPING IN: Sam Byrd of NOA and Davy O'Rourke of Mama Coco at the site of their new venture Hopsotch at the Barr St Markets.