Three eateries and a new clothing retailer in Warrnambool

Business changes are afoot in Warrnambool’s central business district.

Three new eateries will open, while a popular night spot is set to expand its offerings.

Seanchai Irish Pub owner and manager Josh O’Dowd said there was plans underway for the bar to expand upstairs.

“Our vision will include an atrium-style rooftop garden, a smoking area upstairs separate to that atrium and inside there will be a function area and band room,” he said. “It’s an extension of the pub. It will have the same feel, the same atmosphere. We still want to keep that real traditional pub vibe going. We will keep live cover and original music.”

The pub owners are seeking council permission for the plans.

Popular Liebig Street cafe Brightbird Espresso will offer a night-time dining experience.

Owner Mark Brightwell said the cafe would transform into BrightBurger after dark, offering a range of burgers, craft beer, wine and cocktails.

“We decided about three or four months ago to do this,” he said.

“We wanted to offer something different and make it a place to be at night. BrightBurger will be a different space to what Brightbird Espresso is during the day.”

He said the burger bar would be open seven nights a week during December and January.

“We will offer good quality, simple food, done well,” Mr Brightwell said.

Lady Vandenburg has taken up residence in the old Lagana’s Pizza store in Timor Street.

Owner Catherine Kelson said her fully licensed restaurant would offer burgers, hot dogs, ribs, wings, and chips.

“I hope to open on Saturday,” she said. “We have been renovating for the past five weeks. We seat about 75 people. We are pretty pumped. If you went to Lagana’s before hand and you come now, you won’t recognise it.”

Mrs Kelson said people would be able to go out for dinner and have a beer or a glass of wine over a burger.

“We think it’s going to be a completely different dining experience to other places,” she said.

Scott Buck, formerly of Scotty’s Seafoods on Mortlake Road, and business partner Travis Owen are also opening a burger bar and take away venture, in the shop front adjacent to The Loft on Liebig Street.

“We will seat about half-a-dozen people and some more out the front,” he said.

“It will be burgers, shakes and fries.”

The venue, called Two Kings Burgers, will be open by the end of October for lunch and dinner six days a week. Men’s clothing retailer Gazman is also set to open in Liebig Street in November.


Source: The Standard

Posted by Steve Aberline