Naked Bean turns famous with new pizza oven, menu
UNIQUE is really the only way you could describe Naked and Famous Pizza Bar and Bites.
Formerly known as the Naked Bean, it is now offering diners an array of wood-fired pizzas as well as a menu of lunch and dinnertime snacks.
Owner Greg Whyman said it was just time to try something new.
"After eight years we needed to change things up a bit," he said.
And so began the transition into Naked and Famous, which opened last week.
The wood-fired pizza oven has been kindled and the chefs in the kitchen have been busily preparing doughs and sauces, all of which are made on site.
"I've already started making savoury muffins and dabbling in making our own breads as well," Greg said.
Instead of going with the authentic bricking around the oven, Greg decided to clad the oven with tin.
"We pulled down the old wash house at home and used the 1958 corrugated iron to clad the pizza oven," he said.
The pizza place is located in Skinner St, South Grafton, and Greg said they had the only wood-fired pizza oven trading in the Clarence Valley.
"It's a bit of resurgence for the Valley," he said with a laugh.
Greg's partner, Anne Booth, has a pre-loved and new designs clothing store right next door, which is appropriately named Nice Rack.
Between Naked and Famous and the Nice Rack, it could just be that they own the title of the best two adjoining store names in the Valley.
Naked and Famous will continue the tradition of live music on Wednesday nights.
"We've changed our name, but it's the same people cooking and the same people smiling; Michael Turner is still at front of house," Greg said.