Opening a venue is, generally speaking, a labyrinth of bureaucratic bollocks. Between getting council approval, a building permit, a big tick from just about every inspector under the sun and then paying for the construction to go ahead, you also need to deal with a generally overzealous liquor licensing board, who can control the name of your bar, your hours of trade and how your business operates. One such common restriction is the fact that food must generally be served wherever drinks are poured, for the purposes of RSA.
Sounds simple, but serving food comes with its own set of problems too. Kitchen installs are expensive and require regular upkeep. Chefs aren’t cheap either, and the extensive combination of overheads means that, once you’ve sold your tacos / burgers / lobster thermidor / whatever’s on the menu, you’re often lucky to break even.
The clever folks at Adelaide’s Little Bang Brewing Co put their thinking caps on and found a way around this minor speed bump, by enlisting the services of food delivery giant UberEATS. Through joint branding throughout the venue, patrons are welcomed to order whatever food they like to be delivered to their cellar door, where they can enjoy pretty much anything they want, from the 230+ restaurants on offer through the app, hence alleviating the need for a kitchen and extra staff, whilst supporting their surrounding businesses in the process.
With small venues becoming more and more common as savvy drinkers move away from pokie-funded booze barns to quieter neighbourhood bars and cellar-doors, it’s great to see partnerships like this allowing growth for the little guy and cutting out the red tape, all in the name of good taste.
Images courtesy of McFuzzlebutts Manchen.