New lease of life for East Lismore butcher shop
HE'S been in the butchery business for 20 years, and now Scott Easterbrook is excited by the prospect of renovating his newest venture.
Mr Easterbrook, 35, recently purchased the freehold at 69 Wyrallah Rd, Girards Hill, which had previously been a butcher shop.
He's already well-known in the region through his Country Meats store in Goonellebah and has been wearing an apron for two decades.
"I hope to have this renovation completed by the middle of he year,” he said.
While the new business name is still under wraps, Mr Easterbrook said the refurbishment of the building on the corner of Wyrallah Rd and Esmonde St will give the butchery some green credentials.
"We will use the solar panels on the roof,” he said.
"And we will reinstate a herb and vegetable garden at the back of the property to use what we grow in some of our prepared and oven-ready meals.”
As well as using meat from his own cattle, Mr Easterbrook said he will be sourcing locally grown meats and products where possible.
"We have won awards for our bacon,” he said.
"Previously we won silver for the best bacon in Australia and gold for NSW through Pork Australia.”
Saving his customers time, he also plans to offer an range of value-added meals, ready to cook, as well as a wide range of sauces, chutneys and preserves, including the increasingly popular meat rubs.
"Rubbing meats before smoking and barbecuing is becoming really popular,” Mr Easterbrook said.
He said he was passionate about his new business and will spend about $200,000 spent on renovations and refurbishments, including a new cool room, prep areas, signage and retail space.
It's a big commitment to Lismore, however, Mr Easterbrook said he has been planning his expansion for a while and already has his staff organised.
As a small business-owner, Mr Easterbrook said he's also looking forward to being part of the close-knit East Lismore community.
"We are going to smarten up the front and offer customer parking and there will also be a new shed,” he said.
"It's going to be an exciting time and I can't wait.”