Come knock at this Celladoor

ONE of Dean Street’s hidden gems has been resurrected as a tapas bar and restaurant.

The basement of the T&G Building in Albury has been re-opened after 12 years by brothers, Alistair and Adrian Robinson.

The Pancake Parlour was the most recent occupier of the building, which was formerly the Gala Lounge restaurant and later a function centre popular for engagement parties and other celebrations.

Alistair Robinson, a qualified chef who has worked in the US, Spain, Russia and Portugal, said the building’s rich history had been reflected in a major refurbishment that took almost two years to complete.

They include booth seating from its original restaurant days to pine timber, which was prevalent throughout the Pancake Parlour before it closed in February 2001.

“A lot of people have different memories of this place,” he said.

“We wanted to retain some of that history and not change it too much.

“We’ve gone for the big booths where people can sit down and share the food and share conversation.”

The T&G Building was built during the art deco era of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s along with other Albury landmarks including the New Albury Hotel, Regent Cinemas, AMP Building and Monument Hill war memorial were constructed.

Adrian Robinson is an engineer and has played a lead role in the transformation that included disabled access as well as stairs from the Dean Street entrance.

“Celladoor” is open from Wednesday to Saturdays between 3pm and midnight with a “paddock to plate” philosophy, serving only local and seasonal produce from suppliers such as Willowbank in South Albury.

“We deal directly with the farms and bring it here,” Mr Robinson said.

“Fundamentally we are marketing for them and their products.

“We’ve gone with the tapas because you can have multiple selections.

“It is very cheap food straight from the garden.”

They also serve beers from Beechworth’s Bridge Road Brewers and Bright Brewery and wines from suppliers in Culcairn, Beechworth and Jerilderie.

Chef Alistair Robinson has relaunched one of Dean Street’s hidden gems. Picture: KYLIE ESLER

Chef Alistair Robinson has relaunched one of Dean Street’s hidden gems. Picture: KYLIE ESLER