Al fresco café for Lockyer

By Chris Thomson | posted on November 3, 2017

A SPARKLING new indoor-outdoor café is set to start trading on the fringe of Lockyer as soon as an operator is found to run it.

The café space at the brand new Beryl Grant Community Centre is bright and airy with a large kitchen.

The operator who takes it on will have the opportunity to throw cooking classes and catering into the café’s mix of services.

Colleen Tombleson, who co-ordinates the centre, said the café would be open to the public and provide a “seamless flow” between the centre and the Lockyer community.

“It would be a really good business to tie all these features together,” she said, looking out from the centre across to a stand of gum trees.

“There’s quite a few elderly people who live out here, so there’s probably quite a potential to sell ready-made meals as well.”

Some tables and chairs are already installed, and a subsidised rent agreement may be offered to the operator.

The centre, which opened last week at Townsend Road, has had two potential café operators drop by for a peek.

A meeting room, office space, and function room with undulating cedar ceiling are available for hire at the centre at what Mrs Tombleson says are “very affordable rates”.

Beryl Grant is a former president of the Australian College of Nursing who was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for her nursing work and development of services for children and families in regional Australia.

Anyone interested in running the café needs to lodge an expression of interest by November 17.

An information pack is available from Mrs Tombleson on 9841 2055.