In 1986 Anthony started the Western Gateway Motel. Over the years it has grown and evolved with the addition of more rooms, conference facilities, a bar, restaurant, and café.
Anthony met his wife Phillipa some 20 years ago. Phillipa is an industrious and businesslike woman whose vibrancy almost knocks you over when you meet her. She is great fun and like her husband, Phillipa is very interested and involved in her community and by the people who surround her.
At their venue Anthony & Phillipa offers good quality honest food including their famous stone grills as well as an enviable selection of wines and beers.
Anthony’s consistent commitment to evolving The Western Gateway is no more evident than in the new fit-out of his restaurant, bar and café.
INspired by the land
The foundation of the café and bar is the checkerboard cement encaustic tiled floor. The colours were inspired by the land, and, the checkerboard design by the patterns on men’s shirts. Almost all of these blokes seemed to wear checkerboard shirts which often had quite beautiful patterns.
The floor is the main focus in the café and bar. This is layered with joinery which could be described as modern Australian agricultural in style. High backed banquette bench seats painted in white line the main wall in the café. They have tongue and groove backs which are inspired by the Queenslander. Cantilevering off the wall above are industrial French wall lights.
The café servery is tiled with a handmade white Italian brick bond tile. Illuminating from above is the giant Diesl cage light, a modern light which was inspired by the lamps of miners and workers.
The bar area is the hub of the entire space. It provides the link between the café and restaurant. The encaustic tiled floor pattern here increases in size to an over-scaled checkerboard. The bar itself is almost ten metres long. Clad in Statuario marble, the top is strapped with marble, it’s almost as if it has a giant stone belt around its huge girth. Hanging over the bar are classic utilitarian pendant lights. Adjacent to the bar are dry bars finished in waxed oak. Next to these is a photo wall picturing some of the locals, which provides a nostalgic talking point.