The Minnie Barn Restaurant
“The Minnie Barn’s” name was inspired by Minnie Webb. Minnie was the Captain of the first all-female fire brigade in Australia, the “Amazons”, who were located in Armidale NSW.
Minnie is featured on the Comfort Inn's mural which pays homage to the Amazons, celebrating the dedication and bravery of the female fire fighters who volunteered their services between 1901 and 1905.
The mural is located on the Barney Street entrance.
The “Barn” is inspired by the Comfort Inn's country feel and home away from hospitality.
The Amazon’s mural was painted by Brisbane based artist Sarah Hickey in August 2019.
Armidale has one of the largest resettled communities of Ezidi refugees in Australia, and we believe this should be reflected in the economic community. We had the resources to provide an opportunity for such reflection, and so we moved forward and opened the Minnie Barn Restaurant, Armidale’s local hotspot for authentic Ezidi Cuisine (Middle Eastern). The Minnie Barn employs a full kitchen staff of Ezidi refugees, run by a head chef who has aspirations to attend professional culinary schooling and become a certified chef recognised in Australia. In the future we intend to facilitate culinary traineeships which will allow members of the Ezidi community to get their foot in the workplace, and qualifications to carry them forward in their careers.
We also support our community in the bar – stocking products from local and sustainable breweries, distilleries and wineries. The Minnie Barn is open Tuesday to Saturday nights, for hotel guests and the public. We also have gluten free and vegan options available.
Pictured are some traditional Ezidi meals such as Chicken Biryani, Dolamas, Falafel and Traditional Kibbeh.