Old Pizza Hut building given new life

THE former Pizza Hut building in Albury will be resurrected again.

The son of owners Ross and Kay Perry, will open Barista, Baker and Brewer, in the Wodonga Place building which has been closed for much of the past decade.

Harry Perry’s parents own Valentine’s Bakehouses in Albury, Wodonga and Rutherglen and briefly had the business operating from the old Pizza Hut restaurant.

The premises most recently has been a bakehouse for the stores.

It closed almost two years ago with baking transferred to Rutherglen.

Mr Perry hopes to open Barista, Baker and Brewer — specialising in the sale of coffee, food and boutique beers, wines and ciders — in two weeks.

He will roast his own coffee beans for the family businesses after recently buying a roasting machine in Queensland.

“I am really excited about this venture,” he said.

“It is a bigger project than what I have taken on at Yarrawonga.

“We will be doing a diverse range of things, and I can hardly wait to open.”

Mr Perry operates Souleiado Sourdough at Yarrawonga.

He has appointed a manager to help establish Barista, Baker and Brewer.

It will specialise in pizzas, pies and sandwiches and will serve breakfast at weekends.

The business will open seven days a week from 6am to 3pm daily.

The Pizza Hut restaurant, near the Albury tennis grasscourts and Noreuil Park, closed in 2004 and was sold at auction to the Perrys for $489,500.

Valentine’s Bakehouse businesses operated in City Walk, Albury and High Street, Wodonga, before moving to Olive Street and Wodonga Plaza.