The Story Behind Newstead’s, Salt

The Story Behind Newstead’s, Salt

He spills the beans

By Georgie Murray | 7th July 2020

All it took was a shot of charm, charisma and then coffee, and Zac Lazarac became one of the most loved faces in Newstead for all the right reasons. But, there’s some spice amongst the salt of the story with an unexpected foundation that speaks volumes of his character.

We packed as much as we could into suitcases and that was that. Locked the door behind us, managed to get to Belgrade and then onto Brisbane. We left behind burnt streets, violence and ravaged ruins that was once our hometown. Serbia and Croatia were at war, and it would be Serbia's third in a decade. Although I was only five, I can still remember the desolation – well, as much as a five-year-old brain could capture and comprehend.

Carindale was vastly different to the only life we all knew – my young parents, older sister and myself. Mum and Dad locked up their bar one day and just never turned the key in that door again. We didn’t speak English and there was no other option but to learn, and learn fast. This didn’t always help my ease of education it’s something that I really had to work on. And, although it didn’t necessarily come easy, there was no resentment. Until this very moment, I haven’t really thought about the pressure of making something of myself and ensuring my parents risked the change for the right results. Perhaps, subconsciously, the cogs had always turned in the background. I wasn’t a wild teenager, nor a nerd – I just ensured I carried myself in the realms of respect for my parents. But, again, not something I ever had to stop and think about, it just was and is. This went for my career, too.

 

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I dabbled with the idea of becoming a chef or doing psychology, but it wasn’t until I had to fill out a career preference booklet in grade 12 that I considered finance. The description of economics looked good enough for me – the science and structures behind money looked somewhat interesting, so I ticked that and fast forward a few years at QUT and UQ and I had completed a Masters.

Sure, investment banking had its wins. It took me to Sydney and back again. I remember flying down for a job interview and then by the end of that week I drove down and kicked off my first job there. There were no quarrels or qualms about it and in the same form, that was it – no deep thought or worry warranted. This approach has been carried through in many aspects of my life in retrospect; if it’s going to be fun, it’s going to be a yes.

 

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While travelling a few years back I didn’t really have a big plan. I knew I was over the finance field, but what about flat whites? Yeah, I was going to open a coffee shop. My partner at the time and I were waiting for a ferry in Greece when she turned to me and said, “What about Salt?” And again… that was that. I came home, applied for lease after lease for a shopfront and continuously got knocked back for two years, until one morning I was scrolling through realestate.com.au. I spent the following 12 months from there meticulously making a rundown corner shop into what it is today – Salt.

Every detail was mine and the long days proved to be worth it and continue to be to this day. It’s become an unexpected hub which I’m so grateful for.

Now, another 12 months later, I’m about to have a baby – Little Salt. The second adventure will kick off on Little James Street at the end of July with Jordan Navybox. The meticulousness of what it will produce and what it will look like remain as strong as the original. Yet, with no expectations.

 

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Article by Georgie Murray

Georgie is a Journalist with a knack for bad jokes and dating disasters. A total open book, there’s no topic off limits for this Rod Stewart enthusiast. Starting her career in Broadcast Journalism, Georgie has since gone back to basics of the written word with a particular love for taboo topics and fashion media.

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