Toowoomba’s Grumpy’s Tavern Steakhouse and Bar is committed to serving the ultimate beef experience and sources its beef locally.
Grumpy’s is the brainchild of Michael Fallon, a former general manager of The Norman Hotel in Brisbane, along with kitchen manager, Nick Luck.
“When we opened Grumpy’s 18 months ago, we had a goal and focus to create a Norman Hotel quality meal on the Darling Downs,” Mr Fallon said.
“We source about 80 per cent of our local beef from Stanbroke Beef and it includes the Diamantina Angus, Diamantina Platinum, and Flinders Natural branded beef.”
Other beef brands served include Nolan Meats grain finished, and Oakey Premium.
And it appears both locals and travellers to the Darling Downs are enjoying the eating experience, with Grumpy’s serving a record 320 steaks on Father’s Day last year.
“Our weekly record is producing 1000 beef meals for the week,” Mr Fallon said.
“We have been pedantic about identifying where our beef comes from. As a steakhouse, you need to be able to inform your customers about the beef’s origins.
“We already have an existing relationship with Stanbroke Beef, who have been on-board since day one.
“And our biggest seller is the rump followed by the rib fillet cut.”
Another draw card to Grumpy’s Tavern Steakhouse and Bar is its current one kilogram rump steak challenge promotion.
The massive one kilogram slice of rump is from the Oakey Beef premium brand and customers have one hour to consume the meal.
“Once consumed these customers are given a t-shirt to prove that have eaten the rump in the time frame,” Mr Fallon said.
“This challenge is really gaining momentum particularly through the power of Facebook.
“We have had customers travel from Noosa, Brisbane and the Gold Coast to experience the one kilo challenge.”
Next Mr Fallon is looking to buy some of local show fitter Travis Luscombe’s award winning steers.
“I have been a friend of Travis for about eight years through buying some of his steers at the Ekka for the Norman Hotel,” Mr Fallon said.
“Now in Toowoomba, I attend some of the local steer competitions and my goal is to buy some of Travis awarding winning steers, have them processed locally and market them as feature steaks on our menu.
“Also through my friendship with Travis I have also increased my livestock knowledge while the steers are on the hoof.”