AWARD-WINNING Wodonga fine-dining restaurant Miss Amelie is set to expand its brand into Wagga.
A $1 million commercial kitchen and retail project in Wodonga now under development will be the headquarters for Miss Amelie Gourmet, which will also open stores at Wagga and Canberra within weeks.
It is envisaged there will be up to six outlets in eastern Australian.
Miss Amelie Gourmet is a joint venture by Miss Amelie owners David and Sally Kapay and business partners Ken and Rachel Little and Jim and Nicky Myers.
It will make restaurant-quality reheatable fare; housemade pies; and artisan bread and pastries.
Miss Amelie executive chef David Kapay said the concept had been in the pipeline since the coronavirus crisis impacted the hospitality sector in March.
"It came about during COVID-19," he said.
"It was a blessing in disguise; it was fate that I met Ken and Rachel (during the lockdown) because they are amazing human beings who believed in me and the future of the restaurant."
Miss Amelie Gourmet will open with five staff in late July at 6 Michael Drive in Wodonga while the Wagga outlet will operate from August at 10 The Australian Arcade on Fitzmaurice Street. The search is now under way for a Canberra premises.
Kapay said the business headquarters would house a commercial kitchen, retail space, cooking school and space to host wine tastings and cheese nights.
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"It will be a hospitality mecca," Kapay said.
"It will be a world-class facility with a deli and legendary produce; it will offer wines from smaller producers like Scion and Valhalla."
Kapay opened European-style Miss Amelie in Junction Place in Wodonga in June 2016.
He added Little Miss wine bar to the restaurant foyer during May 2018.
Kapay trained in hospitality on the Border before he headed to England to work in restaurants owned by celebrity chefs Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay.
My Kitchen Rules host Manu Feildel showed his approval of Miss Amelie when he dined there six nights in a row during filming of The BBQ on the Border in February 2017.