DELICIOUS MENU: New Royal on 99 employees Tracy Campbell, Isaac Gorton and Emma Hall are excited for the opening of the new pub on Friday night.
DELICIOUS MENU: New Royal on 99 employees Tracy Campbell, Isaac Gorton and Emma Hall are excited for the opening of the new pub on Friday night. Tom Gillespie

Meet some of the new team at the Royal on 99

ISAAC Gorton never thought he would find himself back in Roma again – until he got a call from Justin Garvie.

The new head chef of the Royal on 99, who has worked in top kitchens across the state and has previously worked in Roma, is one of about 30 employees of the new pub eagerly waiting for the opening tonight.

Looking to bring patrons classic pub meals with a twist, Mr Gorton said the idea behind the menu was to follow the principle on which the Royal had been built – by locals, for locals.

“We’re focusing on favourites with a twist and we want to focus on making as much of our ingredients in-house,” he said.

“We bake our own brioche buns for the burgers – even the cafe food in the morning has been made in our kitchen.”

While he has experience in start-up restaurants, Mr Gorton said the Royal’s revival was on a whole other level.

“I was involved in the start-up of a 200-person restaurant in Brisbane years ago, but this is on a much larger scale and the community focus has been quite rewarding to be a part of,” he said.

Bartender and waiter Emma Hall, who has lived in Roma her whole life, said the whole town was feeling excited about the Royal’s return.

“I’m just really excited to see how it goes – all the locals have been involved with building it so there’s been some anticipation,” she said.

For Royal on 99 team leader Tracy Campbell, the opening night tonight will mark her return to the pub scene for the first time in six years.

Having worked across several industries since she started in hospitality as a teenager, Ms Campbell said her employment with the Royal on 99 has helped her tick off another achievement.

“One of the main things I wanted to do was be part of a start-up like this, so that was another thing I can claim to have done,” she said.

“I’ve been out for six years now so it will be good to step back in.” The Royal on 99 officially opens at 3pm this afternoon, with the first day to run well into the evening.


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