David Bramley and Vera Nosalova, the newowners of By the River restaurant in Ballina, formerly known as The Blue Room.
David Bramley and Vera Nosalova, the newowners of By the River restaurant in Ballina, formerly known as The Blue Room. Jay Cronan

Morning news creates waves

THE first hump in the road to the dream of David Bramley and Vera Nosalova to create a successful new lounge bar, function centre and restaurant at Ballina came with the morning news on Wednesday.

That was when they learned Luke Conroy, 27, of Byron Bay, the man who had just sold them the restaurant, By the River, had also just appeared in Lismore Local Court charged over a major drug bust.

“That was a huge surprise,” Mr Bramley said at the River Street restaurant yesterday.

Conroy was released on bail on Tuesday after being charged with conspiracy to manufacture the drug MDMA. He has yet to enter a plea.

He was the third person to be charged after police raided properties in the Byron and Tweed shires last week.

However Mr Bramley and Ms Nosalova pointed out that had nothing to do with their newly-bought restaurant.

“There’s two sides to this. There’s someone that was allegedly associated with that (the drug bust) and there’s our business, and neither has anything to do with each other,” Mr Bramley said

Mr Bramley and Ms Nosalova are now preparing By the River, formerly known as The Blue Room, for trading.

The couple – Mr Bramley is a former member of the Royal Australian Navy and Ms Nosalova came to Australia as a student from the Czech Republic – are both veteran travellers and spent several months last year in Europe researching its restaurants.

“The service is just amazing over there and we want to bring that into our restaurant,” Mr Bramley said.

The couple said they were reworking the restaurant as a lounge bar that offered Northern Rivers residents a chance to enjoy spectacular views of the Richmond River while dining on tapas and mezze platters, along with finger foods, prepared with a modern Australian theme.

The venue will also remain available for weddings, business functions and ‘any special occasion that requires a party’. They said the lawn behind the restaurant and fronting the river was a good spot for wedding ceremonies.

“We want it to be more for the general public to sit down here and enjoy the beautiful view,” Ms Nosalova said.

The website www.bythe river.com.au launches next Wednesday.



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