Long serving Shady Pines Saloon bar manager, Pasan Wijesena, is in the process of building a Newtown venture earmarked to have a New Orleans/voodoo vibe. Taking over the old Betta Meats site – a butcher’s shop for over 70 years – the venue has been given the handle Earl’s Juke Joint – named after a famous New Orleans drummer called Earl Palmer.
With the backing of the Shady Pines Saloon and Baxter Inn owners, Anton Forte and Jason Scott, the venue is set to open in December 2012. The venue will hold approximately 120 people with drinks leaning towards New Orleans classics like the Vieux Carré, Ramos Gin Fizz and the Hurricane. You’ll be able to expect a cracking range of American whiskeys, Cognac and pastis with local brewery, Young Henry, no doubt making an appearance.
Earl’s Juke Joint will be located at 407 King Street, Newtown, NSW.
Catch Anton Forte discussing how build your own bar empire at the Bar Week seminar, How To Open Your Own Bar, Tuesday 25th at 11am.