New cafe open for business
Opening a new business the week before restrictions were placed on social gatherings due to coronavirus, may not have been the best timing. While it has been a minor setback for Chris Gellie and her son Jack at the newly opened Woolly Lamb Café, they remain upbeat and are looking forward to a time when life gets back to some sort of normality.
In the meantime, they are taking the opportunity to get procedures in place that will let them fulfil their dream of serving the Guyra community and travellers with tasty treats, fine coffee, relaxed dining and great service.
The Woolly Lamb Café is something a little bit different for Guyra. Located on the highway in the former Rafter’s Restaurant building it is a plant-based café serving coffee and food, as well as potted plants, fresh flowers, and giftware.
Chris, who was looking for a new challenge, recognised the building as an opportunity waiting to happen.
“I had been looking at it for a while and enquired about renting some space from the previous owners,” Chris said. “It is a great position but I could see that it needed to be refreshed, so instead I decided to buy the building and give it a new look.”
“We both wanted to create an organic environment and felt that the building needed to be streamlined and lightened up to make it more inviting,” she said. “We also recognised the need for customer comfort during all seasons and have installed air conditioning for cooling in summer and heating in winter.”
Due to current restrictions, the new tables and chairs are stacked up inside and they are serving takeaway meals only. When things return to normal they will have three different spaces for customers to enjoy – the inside room for functions and meetings, the main café space for everyday dining and deck chairs and tables with umbrellas outside. There is also a range of indoor plants and fresh flowers for sale.
Current opening hours are 8am until 4pm Thursday to Monday and 8am until 2pm on weekends. They are offering a simplified menu suitable to grab and go with your coffee. Fresh baked goodies are being made in-store with Chris and Jack sharing the cooking duties.
While the chairs are packed up for the time being, you will find a large table full of donated goods which are free to take. This is an extension of CWA drought aid which was running prior to Christmas and allows easy access in a central location for those who may need something extra. They have also been heartened by the generosity of their customers who are paying it forward by donating cups of coffee for health care workers.
“We are looking forward to coronavirus restrictions ending,” Chris said. “I think when this is over people will be wanting to get out and enjoy the company of others - it may be a while but everyone is looking forward to that.”