PLUS: NEW BONES FOR AN OLD FAVOURITE
WHEN Jane Patterson visited her favourite cafe at Airlie to see it had closed its doors, she decided to open her own in its place: and Cooks Bar and Grill was born.
“We’d never even stepped foot in the place when I signed the lease,” Ms Patterson said. “I didn’t need to. It was just where it was and my vision.”
The café was a shell of its former glory as Mr Bones when Ms Patterson signed the lease. That’s when the locals stepped in.
Ms Patterson put an advertisement on Facebook and offers poured in from local tradies and businesses eager to lend their expertise.
The restaurant owner has travelled extensively and said both the theme of the restaurant and its cuisine were inspired by her travels.
The rustic, farmhouse style brings a traditional French family feel to the table encouraging an interactive vibe through its sizeable tables.
“When you eat in France, the whole family sits around a big table and they’ll all grab off each other’s plates,” Ms Patterson said.
“They’ll spend a couple of hours eating a meal and drinking wine.”
Despite Cooks joining numerous eateries in Airlie, Ms Patterson says her menu has a completely different selection of continental cuisines.
But Cooks may soon best be known for the vertical skewers she sourced from England, providing a choice of meat, seafood or seasonable vegetables.
Cooks boasts one of the largest vegan and vegetarian menus which Ms Patterson said was extended significantly to provide more options to customers. To top it off, the menu is designed to be affordable.
“Somebody can have a beautiful view and a beautiful meal but still be able to afford and enjoy the rest of their holiday.”
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CAFE OPENING: Barista Andrea Daly at the opening of Cooks Bar and Grill.