The keys for the dust-cloaked restaurant changed hands just hours ago but there are ambitious plans to renovate and open in a matter of weeks.
Schnitty in a Box owner Dee Caldicott and his partner Dan Eaton plan to transform 94 Wood St into a family-friendly venue by the of February.
Mr Caldicott, who also owns Oliver and Stutchbury’s Espresso Bar, said the move was a necessity having outgrown their Victoria St takeaway shop less than a year after opening.
“We can’t hold enough stock to get us through a busy weekend anymore,” he said.
“It was just a natural progression.
“We’ll still be doing all the delicious takeaway stuff that we do now, home-delivered and people can come and pick it up, but we’re also going to have sit-down dining.”
Mr Caldicott said once renovations were completed, it would have indoor and outdoor dining for about 160 people and a bar stocking all the favourites plus a few craft beers.
“We want this to be a real family-orientated place,” he said.
“We’ll be doing our $10 egg benedict and all our delicious brekkies that we do at Oliver and Stutchbury’s here on a Saturday and Sunday.
“There’ll be grilled banana french toast, berry waffles, bacon and eggs, big breakfast and eggs Benedict.”
The restaurant will trade from 11am until late Monday to Friday and from 7am to late on the weekend and will also offer $14 lunch specials including schnitzels, steaks and grilled chicken.
And for those wondering how they plan to set themself apart from Mount Pleasant Tavern, also famous for offering a variety of crumbed goodness, it came down to size and sides.
“We’re going to be doing things a little bit differently,” Mr Caldicott said.
“Watch this space.”
He did divulge their schnitzels would be “giant” and they would steer away from chips.
Diners will be treated to the in-house speciality of crunchy coleslaw and grandma’s secret recipe potato bake.
Mr Caldicott credited his “awesome” team as well as his partner for inspiring the expansion.
“We wouldn’t be able to do it without the amazing staff working with us,” he said.
The restaurant will become “Schnitty in a Box – In a Paddock” – the slight tweak in homage to the former tenant, Paddock and Brew Company.
Locals may also remember when the 320sq m site was home to the Mexican-inspired Montezumas.
Keep tuned via Facebook for when the restaurant will open as well as a possible schnitzel-eating competition in celebration.