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Wednesday 15 September 2021

New bar and eatery Yardbird to rock Albury

Some of the biggest names in hospitality in Victoria are combining to create a new bar and restaurant in the NSW border city of Albury.

Yardbird, set to open in November, is the brainchild of leading Melbourne restaurateur Denis Lucey and fine dining couple Simon Arkless and Cait Mitchelhill with input from wine guru Ben Knight. 

The team is breathing new life into the former site of the Hogs Breath Café on Townsend St as Albury develops a more sophisticated wining and dining scene. 

Simon, Cait and Denis are bringing slick city vibes to the region’s already strong culinary scene in a saw tooth-roofed former industrial building that was once a mechanics workshop. 

Lucey, from Melbourne's Bottega, has run several top-notch restaurants, while Arkless and Mitchelhill until recently ran the hatted The Terrace at All Saints Estate outside Rutherglen. 

Yardbird promises to be all about "bold flavours" using the intense heat of a newly imported Spanish Mibrasa oven. 

Think dishes like charcoal-grilled Wagyu hanger steak with watercress and fresh horseradish, or a salad of roast Jerusalem artichoke, local blood orange, goat curd and hazelnuts. 

The snack menu will have a Spanish/Euro feel with charcuterie, tortillas, croquettas and Padrón peppers.

The wine list has been designed by sommelier Knight. Along with Australian favourites, he promises "wines you might well have never heard of". 

The list will feature over 200 wines plus craft beers on tap and cocktails highlighting local distilleries.

Blackwood timber tables and hand-poured concrete are bespoke finishes from the artisans at Steel Road in Yackandandah and Albury locals Slab Culture.

Yardbird will feature booth seating, a combination of high and low tables and a large wood fireplace for cosy, social dining all year round. 

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