Brad and Tara Wallis: searching for the good life at Byabarra

A Melbourne couple’s dream of being part of a community is behind their decision to invest in the rebranding and reopening of the cafe at Byabarra.

Brad and Tara Wallis say their decision is based on realising a dream for their four children.

The former Blue Poles Gallery and Cafe will reopen on September 24 as The Byabarra, and features a bakehouse, cafe and restaurant, bar and a B&B operation.

“We are very much driven by the idea of supporting the local community,” Tara said.

“We want to be part of the local area and to give back to that community.

“And that desire will show through in various ways, including the creation of a kids club, the development of a children’s play area right through to the style of meals and service that is available.

“This site is just beautiful with great views down the valley and plenty of open spaces where families can enjoy themselves.

“We are very family oriented and that will also dictate our pricing,” Tara said.

The Byabarra, the couple say, will be a place that suits all budgets and where you can get a coffee and cake, an everyday place for a snack or a special occasion meal plus some separately branded bakery products. .

Chef Mat Fletcher says the soon-to-be-installed wood-fired bakehouse will add another dimension to the meals and bakery items available.

“The intention is for the Byabarra Bakerhouse to be branded separately,” he said.

“We will use locally sourced fresh produce where available and I would class our menu range as classic flavours using modern techniques. It will have a rustic theme.

“We also want to grow our network of local producers over time so that we are always offering the very freshest locally sourced ingredients on our menu.

“Our goal would be to utilise the property to its best and that could mean producing some products to fill any gaps in the market place.”

Before relocating Brad and Tara were regular visitors to the area – they have family in Port Macquarie – and ‘just love the place’.

“We are really excited to be part of this area,” Tara said.

The Byabarra opens on September 24.

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