Wollongong's new bar and grill The Meatery - first look

New signage on the Marine Drive building. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

New signage on the Marine Drive building. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

A carnivorous sounding eatery will soon replace Wollongong’s once-popular beachfront restaurant Rocksalt Bar & Grill, which went into liquidation early this year.

The first details of The Meatery have emerged, with a job advertisement and Facebook page saying the restaurant is ‘‘due to open in early August and operate Wednesday to Sunday’’.

Photos on social media show a chalkboard menu replete with meaty goods, like burgers, steaks, bacon, buffalo wings and sloppy joes.

City Beach Function Centre operator, Tass and Michael Kollaras’s TMK@CityBeach, is behind the new venture.

The venue’s general manager, Mark Davie, said The Meatery was designed to be a casual dining option to contrast with the formal function centre operations.

Custom chalkboard for the Meatery by Chalk Talk. Picture: Facebook

Custom chalkboard for the Meatery by Chalk Talk. Picture: Facebook

He said the meaty name was a play on the idea of it being an eatery, a place to meet and the menu’s focus on meaty fare.

‘‘There’s ribs, there’s steaks and it’s a very informal, comfortable style of dining,’’ Mr Davie said.

‘‘But if people just want to sit and relax, join a group of friends for an hour and drink they can do that too.’’

The bar and restaurant will be the third to attempt success in the troubled seaside venue in 10 years.

The first occupier, Dunes, closed in 2007 after the Kollaras’s company locked them because of a dispute over rent and the venue’s function operations.

The premises’ second venture Rocksalt Bar & Grill, which took up tenancy in 2008, closed its doors in January this year.

The company behind Rocksalt, DConsult Pty Ltd, was then placed into liquidation in February, forcing several employees to turn to the government to help them recover nearly $30,000 in unpaid entitlements.

At the time, director Deanna Lea issued a statement saying her company’s position was a result of a ‘‘series of complex ongoing issues’’.

Mr Davie said TMK@CityBeach’s new diner was well placed to succeed, as the company had been operating the function centre since 2004.

‘‘We have a fairly strong and reliable reputation as hospitality operators in the function centre,’’ he said.

‘‘It is a completely new and fresh concept, it’s very different to what has been there in the past, and we’re confident it will be very well received.’’

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