Dusty's to add a dash of America to Top of Town social scene
A TRANS-AMERICAN trip last year has inspired an old Ipswich boy to bring the taste of the US to the Top of Town.
When it opens in a month's time, the Dusty's Bar and BBQ will complement an already rapidly changing Ipswich precinct, adding a distinctly American flavour.
Owner Mark "Dusty" Dale has gutted the recently vacated Stumps pub on Brisbane St and is already hard at work converting into a venue that will pay homage to the best things about our friends across the Pacific: beer, food, sport and rock 'n roll.
"I drove across the US with my wife last year and I was particularly impressed with the bars in the south - around Mississippi," Mr Dale said.
"I walked past this place and said to my wife, 'this would make the perfect American bar'.
"You've got the German beer bar going in across the road, the Pumpyard is going fantastically well and there are cafes popping up everywhere.
"I think we really need to push this area as a food and entertainment hub."
Mr Dale's links to Ipswich go back a long way.
He was a supermarket butcher here in the 1970s, before branching out to run a variety of butcher shops and meatworks in Townsville and the Gold Coast over the last 40 years.
His return to Ipswich had a lot to do with him wanting to be back with his grown up children and five grandchildren, but he is also determined to make the new family business thrive.
Dusty's Bar and BBQ will be broken up into several themed areas, starting with the sports bar out the front.
Next door to the sports bar will be the rock 'n roll-themed Memphis Room. There's also the San Francisco Lounge upstairs.
Country music fanatics will be drawn to the Texas dining room and the Bronx deck out the back.
The venue will serve up American beers and bourbons, with classic food including spare ribs and southern fried chicken.