In 2012 Lorna Nicholls decided to move to Australia after 26 years of living in Boston and after more than 15 years working for the State of Massachusetts and American Airlines.
At the time the couple met, Ray Deegan was managing Northcote based Drum & Percussion store DRUMTEK while playing gigs and writing as Senior Editor for DRUMscene Magazine.
Realising the obvious chemistry the pair married in 2014, settling into a new home with their two dogs Halle and Coco.
In 2016, the now husband and wife team - both avid wine Lovers - discovered the Excelsior apartments building at 93 High Street, Preston and fell in love with the heritage facade and a quaint little vacant shop space of just 80sqm at the leading entrance to the apartment block.
Lorna and Ray had been searching for the ideal location to fulfil their dream to open a wine bar. The dream was to create the perfect space for wine and beer lovers to enjoy each other’s company and the joy and contentment a quality glass of wine and good company can bring.
LORAY ( Lor-na & Ray) is fully licensed with indoor and outdoor seating. The indoor setting offers several different areas; a cool and comfortable lounge area where friends can relax, flanked by racked walls of wine in a mood lit corner - a centre piece 2,4 metre black glass bar table, suitable for parties of up to 12 while the booths, various bar tables and intimate corner tables provide for small groups and privacy for couples.
The bar has 4 taps, a host of bottled beer from all over the world and an extensive collection of Australian and imported wines by the glass or by the bottle - to sit in or take home if preferred. The collection of wine and beer is complimented by a short menu of predominantly Rum cocktails, influenced by Lorna's West Indian/American heritage.
LORAY also has a kitchen offering bar food favourites and some alternatives inspired by the couples love for food and Lorna's love for the flavour and spices of her birth place, Barbados. The kitchen also provides the opportunity to custom cater for booked functions and parties or chose from our pre-set function menu favourites.