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Popular Pink Moon to open tiny takeaway

The Forager

In a move to keep its wood oven fully-stoked, popular Leigh Street restaurant and bar Pink Moon Saloon will open a takeaway food outlet next month.

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Pink Moon Deli will take up the space two doors down from Pink Moon Saloon that was occupied by Combi, a raw and organic food takeaway outlet which has  closed after just seven months of operation.

It was an obvious step for Pink Moon Saloon owners Marshall King, Crispian Fielke, Dana Whyte, Matthew Standen and Josh Baker. Combi was owned by Anthony Baker (Josh Baker’s father) and his partner Penny Loughnan, who vacated the premises a few months ago to pursue other interests.

“Combi Leigh Street was run as a pop-up to keep Dad and Penny going until their new Byron Bay outlet opened,” explains Josh.

“They asked if we wanted to run it or buy it – with Combi Melbourne and now Combi Byron, they couldn’t physically keep Adelaide going as well.”

Pink Moon Deli will offer takeaway soups, salads and sandwiches filled with slow-roasted delights from the Pink Moon Saloon wood oven up to seven days a week.

Pending liquor licence approval, the new outlet will also sell beer on tap and in cans.

“Pink Moon Saloon is always buzzing on Friday and Saturday nights, so the Pink Moon Deli outdoor seating space can also take up any overflow from the bar and restaurant,” says King.

“We can start people here with a couple of wines or a Negroni before moving inside.”

Being such a tiny space, there’s not a lot of fit-out to be done at Pink Moon Deli. The timber panelling will remain and the style is in keeping with Pink Moon Saloon, but the bananas wallpaper will go, says Josh Baker.

“And being such a tiny venue without any obvious signage, Pink Moon Saloon does suffer from a lack of visibility, so Pink Moon Deli should help with that.

“A red neon sign which says ‘Open’ will be visible from the end of the street.”

When Pink Moon Deli opens in late July, Pink Moon Saloon will will reduce its lunch service to Fridays only.

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