A BRASSERIE in the new Woolworths precinct will fill a gap in the city’s restaurant market and give north Orange residents a dining option away from the central business district.
That is the view of Stewart Broughton, head chef and owner of Graze brasserie, which will open in the new north Orange shopping centre next month.
Mr Broughton, who has previously worked at Lolli Redini, Forty One Restaurant in Sydney and as head chef at Duntryleague, said he had considered what was missing in Orange’s dining market before settling on a casual brasserie, with a menu that will be changed twice a week.
“We looked at what was missing and what we thought Orange needed,” he said.
“I’ve tried to add some variety and get away from your usual pub or bistro type of thing.
“People will be able to come in, have a glass of wine and something small to eat, and then maybe go to a movie and come back later for dessert.”
The brasserie will be open breakfast, lunch and dinner, and will be a modern cafe selling Italian-influenced food during the day.
Of an evening, the licensed restaurant will have a bar that serves grazing, or tasting plates, and a menu with modern Australian food.
Residents will also be able to drink at the bar without eating, and a home delivery service will offer gourmet pizza and other food.
“Everything will be seasonal ... and we’ll be part of the 100 mile food movement to support local producers,” Mr Broughton said.
Mr Broughton, whose wife is a teacher at Bowen Public School, said he also hoped to set up a charity that served breakfast to students at the school once the restaurant was established.
He said the brasserie would be a new service for residents of the city’s growing northern suburbs.
“Orange is expanding and you need to meet the demand of areas that are shooting up,” he said.
“You can sit out here and relax without having to worry about driving into Summer Street.”