The focus is on local food

FRESH IS BEST: The Spotted Pig co-owners Iohne Simpson and Emily Gray are excited to open their doors on Tuesday after refurbishing the old Alphadale restaurant.
FRESH IS BEST: The Spotted Pig co-owners Iohne Simpson and Emily Gray are excited to open their doors on Tuesday after refurbishing the old Alphadale restaurant. Marc Stapelberg

FROM professional golf to gastronomic delights, the co-owner of Lindendale's new cafe-restaurant is hoping for a hole in one.

Emily Gray will open The Spotted Pig for its first breakfast trade on Tuesday at 7am, accompanied by the keen culinary skills of her partner Iohne Simpson.

Ms Gray, who has small business and hospitality experience, said she's looking forward to a change from golf and taking on a new challenge with her partner

Replacing the 561 Alphadale Restaurant, the pair are hoping the funky establishment will slot into the Northern Rivers relaxed foodie scene.

"We haven't opened the doors yet, but we're getting lots of interest. We've already had a farmer up the road stop in to show us what he's growing," Ms Gray said.

That local link to fresh produce will be a key feature of The Spotted Pig.

Keeping that in mind, the cafe restaurant will focus on seasonal dishes that make the most out of Northern Rivers' produce.

Potential diners can expect quite a visual change from the 561 restaurant, with Ms Gray and Ms Simpson slogging it out for about a month to complete renovations.

"We've just got our coffee machine put in this week so that curbed the caffeine hit we needed," Ms Gray said.

The Spotted Pig will be serving Zentveld's coffee, which is grown on a family plantation in the hills behind Byron Bay. Ms Gray, who is originally from Lismore, has enjoyed returning to the region after living in Brisbane.

"We've sort of moved here for the lifestyle as well as The Spotted Pig," she said. "It's time to give back to the community."

The Spotted Pig will be serving breakfast and lunch from Tuesday to Sunday and pop-up dinners on the occasional Friday.

It's located at 3 Alphadale Rd and can be contacted at 6624 3441.

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