The new owners of iconic Bell’s Milk Bar promise they will definitely be keeping its strong 1950s vibe, but that’s not to say they won’t shake it up a bit too.
Matthew and Chelsea Spressor, have confirmed it will be the same Bell’s Milk Bar we all know and love, as former long-time owner Jason King opts to pursue his successful filmmaking career.
On Patton Street in South Broken Hill, Bell’s Milk bar is synonymous with the Silver City. The 1950s style milkshake parlour prides itself on giving visitors the same great experience you might have had if you visited an original milkshake bar back all those decades ago.
It has been under the stewardship of Jason King and his family for nearly 20 years and, after having the business on the market since December 2021, the milk bar is finally changing hands.
“Every business is different, and Bell’s is a very special and unique business,” Mr King told the Truth. It needed the right people to see the opportunity for what it is.
“I am really happy, and grateful that it’s found someone who cares about it as much as I do and who’s going to take good care of it. The new owners bring a different skill set, a fresh perspective and other business experience, so I’m really excited to see what they do with the place,” said Mr King.
“We are going to keep the ‘50s vibe. It’ll be business as usual.”
“We are going to keep the ‘50s vibe. It’ll be business as usual,” says new owner, Matthew Spressor.
“I grew up in a small town in Victoria on the coast, so I enjoy the small-town community and hopefully everyone can get behind us with what we’re doing and help promote both Bells and Broken Hill.
Mr Spressor is hopeful people come in and share their Bells stories and memories.
“I’d like to hear everyone’s stories about Bell’s,” he says.
Mr King hopes the sale will free up more time for him to pursue his passion for filmmaking and achieve his dream of making a feature film. It’s something that has come into sharp focus after a recent tragic family loss.
“I’m just taking some time to reassess and taking a bit of time out.”
Mr King has just finished his Screenability project film Chum. The project was funded via Screen New South Wales and made in collaboration with a local screenwriter and actor Eliza South.
Bells Milk Bar is currently open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5.30pm.