Restau­rant mates fill gap for meat and greets

The Cairns Post - - NEWS - DANAELLA WIVELL

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.

Pic­ture: STE­WART McLEAN

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.

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