WHEN Anne Tindall bought the old butcher shop on the main street of Yarram she had no idea it would turn into a Bar and Gallery.
“I fell in love with the building and thought it would make a great investment,” Anne explains.
“It’s my husband Wayne who had the vision for the bar. He has spent the last 9 months renovating and the results are pretty wonderful.”
Wayne is an artist and says that it has been like making a work of art and he has relished the chance to bring the building back to life after it being empty for over 5 years.
He was also a chef in another life and has come up with a tantalising tapas menu to go with the local craft beers, wines, ciders and spirits that will be on offer.
“Yarram is a fantastic, friendly place,” Wayne said. “Everyone seems very keen for us to open.”
Along with their bar manager, Louise Phillips, Anne and Wayne hope to offer the locals and visitors somewhere a bit different to go and have a drink, some tapas and listen to great music and see interesting art.
Louise says she has been in hospitality her entire working life and is more than ready for something a bit more challenging.
“I think this bar and gallery is what Yarram needs. People are looking for somewhere cool and groovy to have a really good night out,” she said.
Anne hopes the bar will appeal to a wide variety of people as there is a light filled gallery space, another more intimate area and the main bar with its inviting salon style feel.
“We also have alfresco dining out on the street,” she said.
“The Wellington Shire have been fantastic to work with and all the various departments have been super helpful and supportive.”
Wayne and Anne created Artists Lane in Windsor along with some street artist friends and their gallery in the laneway attracted a large following.
They held street parties over many years with support from Stonnington Council that attracted literally thousands of people. World famous photographer Spencer Tunick recently chose Artists Lane for one of his huge nude photo shoots.
The first exhibition at the Bull Bar & Gallery will showcase artist Michael Scott and launches in early March. Michael has been an ‘artist in residence’ at Anne and Wayne’s Binginwarri property and has also just returned from a trip to Italy.
He has exhibited with Anne at her previous gallery three times already with almost all the works selling on opening day.
“Michael’s latest creations are just so beautiful,” Anne said.
The Bull Bar & Gallery opening is on Saturday February 23 from 3pm till late
258 Commercial Road, Yarram
0418 990 637After that it will open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday 3pm till late