Bacon Bros to open restaurant in Chch CBD
Bacon Brothers has been supplying Christchurch with tasty, locally-sourced bacon sandwiches for several years. Now, owner Troy Bilbrough is throwing away his job and his savings to open the first Bacon Brothers' Burger Bar in the city centre early next year.
A familiar name to many around Christchurch, Bacon Brothers has been making bacon sandwiches "with a side of happiness" for around four years.
A staple of the Christchurch Farmers' Market at Riccarton House and Bush, Bacon Brothers will be taking the plunge opening its first restaurant in the CBD in February.
"We will be right in the heart of Christchurch," said owner Troy Bilbrough.
"I'm pretty excited about the move."
The smell of crispy bacon, the locally-sourced ingredients, "the banter" and the welcoming smiles of the Bacon Brothers workers were key to their success, Troy said.
The small company has a loyal local following throughout the city, with almost 4000 likes on their Facebook page.
"Our customers always seem to come back. They love the family environment and the customer service, and we love it too."
Troy said with the growing popularity of their speciality bacon burgers, opening a restaurant made their one-of-a-kind burgers available more than just once a week.
The new restaurant will cost around $120,000 – funded from Troy's own pocket and his Pledge Me page, which has raised $3000 so far.
Troy, an ANZ banker, will leave his job next month and pick up "bacon duties" full-time, manning the restaurant, continuing the stall and offering catering.
"This is my life savings.
"It's a big risk but it's the chance of a lifetime," he said.
Troy said once the restaurant opens the Bacon Brothers' stall will still remain at the farmers' market, the company's starting point.
"We'll always be here. I'll be here til I'm 110-years-old – that guy making bacon sandwiches."
One of the Bilbrough brother's friends Ellis Lawrence, "the first non-brother", started working for Bacon Brothers around three years ago and said customers came back for the local, friendly, family-feel of the company.
"It's not just the food, it's the experience.
"We're about making people happy," he said.
Originally from Waikuku, Troy founded Bacon Brothers with his brothers Luke, Jai and Troy while they were studying at the University of Canterbury.
Luke, based in Auckland, also plans to open another Bacon Brothers' burger bar in Auckland in the new year.
The Bacon Brothers' Burger Bar featuring its range of bacon burgers, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options and beers on tap will open at 181 High St on February 15, open 7am-late, seven days a week.