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Darren Sharman and Mr Gorillah, and that ever present cheesy grin that comes from an awesome toastie. Photo Tree Faerie

What was once a food truck operation is now a great gourmet toastie and coffee bar in the middle of Byron Bay.

Opening just over a month ago, Mr Gorillah is a hole-in-the-wall space providing an amazing array of toasted sandwiches, specialty coffee, epic shakes, and grab-and-go snacks.

Mr Gorillah is not just about the toasties – they are also a coffee bar using an amazing blend from specialty coffee roasters Social Espresso and they offer a range of alternative milks. ‘It’s the perfect combination for a quick takeaway breakfast or lunch option, for an after-surf snack, or when you’re wanting to satisfy your nostalgic hunger feels; a toasted sandwich with a gourmet touch.’

The idea of finding a permanent space was always the initial plan for owner Darren Sharman, who was living on the Gold Coast. ‘I spent the last seven months searching all over southeast Qld and northern NSW for the right location. The Byron Bay space was perfect and Mr Gorillah was launched.’

Darren wants to make Mr Gorillah the new local ‘go to’ as it offers a quick takeaway style menu at a great price point. ‘Now they get the chance to experience a new food and beverage offering in the town. I’m not being biased – many have said we make the best toasties in town – we have to agree!’

Darren says the philosophy of the business is simple. ‘We wanted to offer a well known, nostalgic food item, done extremely well. Add in a place filled with epic vibes and cheesy grins, and that’s the concept that lovers of all things toasties and coffee can expect.’

Darren says he loves it when people try one of his toasties and coffee. ‘They don’t even have to say anything, the smile says it all, that makes me happy. We source and use quality products throughout our menu. We use a range of local Australian cheeses as well premium international cheeses and our sourdough bread is sourced using only organic and/or sustainable ingredients.’ I also love the social aspect of getting to meet new people every day and interact and have a good chat, even if it is for only a brief moment.’

Darren says this is his first concept store. ‘My original dreams and goals are to see it thrive allowing me to expand into other communities and towns.’

Find Mr Gorillah at 3a/1 Byron Street, Byron Bay.


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