by Molly Hancock
THE grand old Mitchell Hotel has recently been restored to its glory-day health, this time with a new asset.
Thursday evening was the official opening of the Ooline Restaurant, named after the last remaining rainforest tree, located just outside of Mitchell.
Community members were invited to come and see the exciting new restaurant with complimentary drinks and nibbles.
The brain behind the new food hub is passionate foodie and caterer Sue Alm and hotel manager Mark Young. After the hotel went into receivership in October last year,
Mr Young was hired by receivers Rogers Reidy to bring the pub back to life.
"The receivers saw that the pub does make money and saw there was need for the facilities it had,”
Mr Young said.
"If this pub was to close down, that would have been the end of it.”
Taking seven weeks to restore the pub, Mr Young offered Ms Alm the opportunity to open her own restaurant.
Originally from Sweden, Ms Alm came to Australia as a backpacker and instantly fell in love with the Australian culture.
Having always had a passion for food and a history of working in the pub scene, Ms Alm decided to create a menu that wasn't offered in Mitchell.
"The menu will change a lot because I leave myself open with things like curry and pasta, so I can have more variety,” Ms Alm said.
"However the rest of the menu is sort of basic but my son calls it Tex-Mex inspired.”
Originally the old TAB, the room was transformed into a retro, industrial- themed restaurant and buzzed with people on Thursday evening.
Ooline will open seven days a week.