A new bar has opened in Shepparton and owners Greg and Brooke Brassil believe it fills a gap in the local social scene.KAITLIN THALS April 19, 2012 3:04pm
Noble Monks is the place with a difference, and recently, the place to be.
The newly established bar on Maude St, Shepparton boasts a relaxed and upbeat vibe where people can come to catch up with friends over a drink or a meal, or drop in for a coffee.
There’s a special kind of ambience when you walk through the doors — funky tunes waft from the speakers as patrons gather around a stylish bar lined with pressed tin.
In the next room, groups of friends or families sit on comfortable retro couches and share a meal or two.
The kitchen is run by young chefs with ‘‘modern and fresh ideas’’ who produce antipasto and tappas, and hearty meals to be shared.
Owners Greg Brassil, 28 and wife Brooke, 27, said Noble Monks had filled a gap in Shepparton.
‘‘When we came up with the idea, we knew it needed to be different,’’ Mrs Brassil said.
‘‘There’s nothing like it in Shepparton. We wanted something that did the best of everything — the best coffee, the best food and the best alcohol,’’ Mr Brassil added.
Boutique beers, unique cocktails and good wine is their specialty.
The Shepparton couple has plenty of hospitality experience behind it.
The former owners of GB Coffee in Shepparton, their new venture is filled with just as much passion and enthusiasm.
‘‘Greg researches everything. When we had the coffee shop it was how to roast our own beans and making sure our coffee was the best,’’ Mrs Brassil said.
‘‘Now he’s researching beer and micro-brewing.’’
A plan to install an open-view Noble Monks micro-brewery was in the pipeline and forecast to open by the end of this year.
The Brassils also want to incorporate a ‘‘Gold Class’’ area when the function room is not in use.
Mrs Brassil said people would be able to come and sit on comfy couches and watch the football or special screenings, such as an Ultimate Fighting Championships event, on a giant projector screen.
Noble Monks is hip yet cosy, featuring exposed brickwork, high ceilings with timber beams, comfortable couches and reclining chairs to sink into, and a large caribou head sitting above the bar.
The name — Noble Monks — was not chosen lightly, but for the history behind it.
‘‘In the early days Trappist monks would brew beer and supported the community with the sales of their beer. Locals would call them ‘noble monks’,’’ Mrs Brassil said.
Mrs Brassil said the bar took about three months to pull together and it could not have been done without the help of their families, who helped refurbish the building or took care of their children, Daisy, 3 and Sonny, 9 months.
‘‘Underage people are welcome to come in with their families and parents, it’s not just an over-18 venue,’’ she said.
‘‘We hope we’ve filled a gap and people like what we’ve done; just to come and enjoy the atmosphere we’ve tried to create.’’
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