A brand-new dining, drinking, and entertainment venue lands on Beaumont St
Alright lovers of the ever-growing hospitality industry here in Newcastle, you better listen in. A brand-new, three-level, dining, drinking, and entertainment lands on one of the top foodie strips in Newcastle; Beaumont St. What is it you ask? Corset Dining & Lounge!
Sitting right in the heart of Beaumont St, in the old Masonic Hall or what some might remember as The Depot, the new venue is taking the local foodie scene by storm with its unique three levels of food, drink, and entertainment offering.
Only opening just last week, guests are flocking in to snag one of the first few tables to see what all the fuss is about. For those yet to experience the new space, we’re here to give you the low down. From what to expect on the menu, to how the interiors have been rejigged; listen on in because we’re about to cover it all.
Brought to us by Perth-born Hatted Chef, Glen Taylor and his fiancée, Shelley Fritsch, the new cocktail lounge has already created quite the buzz around town with people speculating what to expect even prior to their opening.
With Glen’s thorough experience in the hospo scene over the years, he brings with him an unwavering awareness of the restaurant and bar scene.
“I’m a hatted chef. I’ve had restaurants in New Zealand and worked all over the shop. I got out for a few years and thought nah, no more hospitality, and then I just found myself back here. I just craved that buzz and that vibe,” Glen shared.
Going back 12-months, the landlord reached out to the couple after seeing their work at a local pop-up event. With the Beaumont St venue sitting vacant for over two years, it was a massive undertaking to bring this iconic venue back to life in the heart of a constantly buzzing street.
“Originally, there was a lot of back and forth, but it just kept pulling us back and we couldn’t say no. Finally, it just worked out and now, we’re open!”
When it comes to the food, Corset is going to be known for a few things. With a focus on Mediterranean flavours, diners can expect a range of goods including a dedicated antipasti chef station (where you can even sit to watch the boards come together) and fresh daily handmade pasta.
“We’re not recreating the wheel; we’ve just designed the food menu to be simple but delicious. Good product, cooked simply, and it’s approachable.
“Some people might start with share plates, then get pastas, then go back to share plates. There really is no real expectations on how you want to dine here.”
The best part about the food menu? Corset’s kitchen will be open until midnight so diners can get access to the full menu right through to closing time. That means no more late-night dirty burger runs after a evening show at the theatre, instead drop-in for a charcuterie board or a wine and pasta!
Now to the drinks. Champagne lover? It won’t take you long to notice the personalised Mumm champagne fridge. With the venue quite a nod to the flapper girls and the Moulin Rouge, Glen liked the idea of Corset representing a bit of a sugar and spice theme.
“We talked about what was the sugar part of that theme. The lux, glitzy, and glamorous part; it was champagne. People can be so scared of the word champagne, and it can be quite expensive. But there’s so much more to it. We want people to come in and try it. What a great way to kick off a night? With a glass of Mumm!”
Keeping with the champagne theme, the bar is boasting a number of cocktails based on the specialised champagne alongside all your typical classics and some signature goodies too.
Wine drinker? You guys haven’t been forgotten about either with Glen putting together quite the wine list with diners able to order every single wine by the glass; either half or full! That means you could taste-test a $200 bottle of wine for just $20 a pop.
“It gives people the opportunity to try some wine that they may not usually be able to or think to do.”
In addition to all the night-time fun the Beaumont St venue is offering, those making their way along the strip on their way to work will be glad to know they’re also slinging out takeaway coffees from their hole-in-the-wall space Mon-Fri, 6am-2pm!
“It’s just a cheeky little hole-in-the-wall offering. We’re on Beaumont St and it makes sense! We approached Trent from Darks Coffee Roasters and we’ve gone for a really strong blend. It’s a big, bold, flavourful coffee, so if you love a big strong coffee to get you through the workday, come to Corset.”
We’re super excited to see Corset open and we can’t wait to see what they get up to in this three-level venue! Be amongst the first to experience Beaumont St’s newest venue and get along to Corset Dining & Lounge!