Publican Tom Mooney.
Publican Tom Mooney.

New chef to take over Bangalow pub

A NEW chef is to take over Fresca, the restaurant in the Bangalow Hotel.

He is Adam Thornton, who has done a ‘marvellous job of producing great food’ for the past few years at the Railway Bar in Byron Bay, according to the Bangalow pub’s owner, Tom Mooney.

Before that Adam was at the well-regarded Bay Leaf in Byron Bay.

Mr Mooney said he expected a seamless change when Fresca’s reopened early next week.

“Two or three of the chefs are staying, and most of the floor staff,” he said.

The only difference may be that the food is a little more affordable.

Mr Mooney said he wanted to see the restaurant become ‘an eating place rather than a dining place’, which would have greater appeal to ‘middle ground’ customers – such as families and the pub’s bar patrons.

Meanwhile, celebrity chef Steve Snow, who lives at Possum Creek, is making his Fins restaurant in Kingscliff available for one day for a celebrity chef Haiti earthquake benefit dinner.

Philip Johnson of E’cco in Brisbane, Tony Percuoco of Ristorante Fellini in Southport, Greg Pieper of Bamboo in Casuarina and Mr Snow himself will donate their time to cook for 90 diners to raise funds for Haiti on February 22.

All the produce has been donated, as have wines from Curly Flat, Craggy Range and Rockford, and everybody will work for free.

Mr Snow said he hoped for a repeat of the success he had with the tsunami appeal, which raised $60,000.



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