End of era as Bellowing Bull takes last orders
AFTER 35 years Wollongbar's Bellowing Bull restaurant is set to serve its final meal tonight before closing its doors permanently.
Secrecy surrounds the closure of the iconic eatery, with Wollongbar and Alstonville buzzing with rumours about the fate of the business and the site's development.
Owner Kingsley Martin said he was ready to retire after being at the helm for the past 23 years, but could not comment on the future of the site due to commercial confidentiality requirements.
“It's time to have a holiday and take a long break,” he said.
“We've kept it pretty low key, but have had a couple of nights with a few of our regulars this week to send her off.”
Established in 1974 the restaurant became a prominent landmark, located in a renovated homestead on the Bruxner Highway.
As local culinary trends shifted over the life of the restaurant, it continued to trade heavily on its pioneering theme, serving old-fashioned-sized portions of beef, pork, chicken, lamb, game and seafood.
It won the Restaurant and Catering NSW Awards for Excellence in 2002 and 2007 in the best steak category.
Local businesses surrounding the Bellowing Bull were reluctant to comment but said they were sad to see the passing of an old favourite.
Rumours that the building was to be moved to another site and the business continued were dismissed by Mr Martin with a laugh, though no one would confirm or deny if the site had been bought by a supermarket chain.
Mr Martin said they would be doing their final clean- up tonight and thanked his supporters and regular customers for their patronage.
The purchaser will release information on the development later this month.