Classy truck stop to open in Ballarat in spring

BALLARAT freeway commuters will be in for a culinary treat. 

Jack Plowright plans to open a roadhouse on the Western Freeway. PICTURE: ADAM TRAFFORD

Jack Plowright plans to open a roadhouse on the Western Freeway. PICTURE: ADAM TRAFFORD

Jack Plowright hopes his new roadhouse, Ballarat Provedore, will provide a touch of class for drivers travelling to and from Ballarat. 

The provedore, located westbound on the Western Freeway, will offer simple and tasty meals when it opens its doors in spring. 

Mr Plowright has enlisted the help of esteemed Morn-

ington Peninsula caterer Louise Lechte to help craft the menu. 

“We want simple, clean food. That’s the essence,” Ms Lechte said. 

“The focus of the provedore will primarily be on our pizzeria.” 

The pair hopes the cafe’s signature half-metre pizza will encourage meal sharing. 

“We wanted a very accessible menu,” Ms Lechte said. “We will be using local ingredients, beers and wines.” 

Everything from pizza, pasta, burgers, toasties, cakes and sharing plates will be on offer. 

Mr Plowright has even considered the American-inspired Reuben sandwich for the menu. 

The Provedore’s menu was influenced by the T’Gallant La Baracca Trattoria and Pizzeria in Red Hill; a restaurant Ms Lecthe had previously worked for. 

“We will try and please as many people as we can,” Ms Lechte said. 

The pair even scoured the state for the best pizza oven, eventually settling on one from East Brunswick. 

“We wanted to create the right ambience and vibe,” Ms Lechte said. 

Earlier this year, Mr Plowright trumpeted Ballarat Provedore as ‘Ballarat’s Classiest Truck Stop’ on social media. 

Work on the city’s newest freeway cafe, located in the Ballarat Colonial Motor Inn, is already under way. 

Ballarat Provedore is expected to open in spring.

kara.irving@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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