Russell Crowe is resting easy, the meat pies are coming quick. When the Oscar-winning actor discovered his friend Sean Garlick was opening Garlo’s Aussie Pie Shop in Westwood Village, he texted, “I’m in Westwood now. Wish your store was here already.”
How big of a fan is Mr. Crowe? He’s tweeted out an invite to Pie Shop’s super special VIP Grand Opening Party on Sept. 10. RSVP early for access to complimentary pies.
Mortals can start lining up behind Russell during regular service, beginning Sept. 15, cited as the official opening day on the company website.
Garlick’s brother Nathan is also partnered in the venture, located next to Trader Joe’s. Garlo’s will be open daily from 7 a.m., for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Considered the “authority” when it comes to hand-sized meat pies in Australia, the company is named after Garlick’s nickname as a professional Rugby League player and coach. Their products are widely available in Australian grocery stores and supermarkets and the team are adopting a wait and see approach for possible expansion plans in the U.S.
The menu features selections like the “premium pie combos” including classic steak, mashed potatoes, gravy and peas priced at $6.95, a beef sausage roll lists for $3.95 and snacks like a lamington muffin or coconut slice are available for $3.45.
Garlo’s is avoiding ‘the cheesy Aussie thing” inside but the decor will include references to Australian culture and sport and photos of “Garlo’s favourite Australians.”
Currently scheduled hours will be Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.