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It’s one thing to open a café in a ‘tried and true’ area, another completely to step outside the box and bring new life to a relatively untouched suburb. Hospitality veteran Kate Bennett has never trodden the well-worn pathway. From pubs and bars to cafés, Kate and her husband Graham have taken on challenges and...
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There’s never been a better time to explore our local region than the present. With restrictions lifting and the weather simply gorgeous, why not step out and enjoy Flavours of Ipswich, a food festival held from April 7-24, 2021. During this time, some of Ipswich’s favourite restaurants are offering fixed price lunches and dinners aimed...
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There’s nothing like a great local café, exactly what we find when we visit Three Beans in Elanora. Opened late in 2020, Three Beans is tucked away in suburbia in the very village-like 19th Avenue Shopping Centre. There it has a bright and airy corner position, the perfect welcoming space for any local to stop...
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Espresso Moto has opened in Mermaid Waters. It’s a long way from its beginnings, a cafe that started with the great idea of mates getting together to celebrate bike culture and drink coffee at the same time. With a café at the front and a glass back wall looking through to the motorbike workshop, Espresso...
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The Rusty Barrel opened in Varsity Lakes in time to usher in 2020, its ready audience not only Bond University, but also in the suburb’s fast-growing business hub and medium density housing area yearning for a greater range of night-time venues in the area. “Looking around for a place to start my first business, I...
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With over 140 shops, Tweed City Shopping Centre services locals and visitors alike. Located only five minutes’ drive from the Coolangatta Airport, the centre also houses cafés, restaurants and a food court enabling shoppers to shop and dine without leaving the centre.  No matter what time of the day it is, there are great meals...
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“Simple fresh food. Local and environmentally clean. Handmade as much as possible. Cooked using clean oil. Reasonable pricing.” It’s Isa Ham’s summary of what sets his fish and chip shop, The Jolly Roger, above the rest. Fish and chips are traditional Aussie fare. Do you remember when fish and chips was the standard Sunday night...
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American food has long been a favourite of Gold Coast diners. Talk burgers, fries and wings and you’ll get our attention. Sometimes we’ll even join a queue to taste a new brand. Opened in Manhattan, New York in 1965 by Alan Stillman, TGI Fridays was first marketed as a bar where single women could relax...
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Our favourite suburban cafés are heroes at championing the food scene for locals, providing coffee on the run, giving great service, with pricing and dishes suited to the clientele, and even weekend drinks close to home. Once established, with each change of ownership there’s a little hesitation. What direction will the new owner take? Will...
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Ipswich could well be the home of the burger in Queensland. As drovers pushed their mobs north from NSW and west into Queensland, they must have stopped along the way for dinner and a nap, allowing the cattle time to rest. There’d be no better meal that that already on hand, barbequed over an open...