NEW VENUE: Casuarina Place owner manager Skye Seaford and Barista Jacob Willumsen. The bakery and coffee shop officially opened yesterday. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
NEW VENUE: Casuarina Place owner manager Skye Seaford and Barista Jacob Willumsen. The bakery and coffee shop officially opened yesterday. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

Innes Park gets bakery and cafe

INNES PARK and Coral Cove residents now have their own bakery and coffee shop with the opening of Casuarina Place.

The building that housed the old convenience store on the corner of Innes Park and Logan Rds has been completely renovated and extended.

The building and its new business is owned by Mahaguri Pty Ltd, a company made up of several Innes Park and Coral Cove families including director Richard Burke.

Mr Burke said he and his business partners purchased the building in September last year, determined to bring some facilities to the area.

"We have nothing at the moment - just the old Foodworks building that's been empty for two to three years, and this building, the old convenience store that had been empty for about two years as well."

When the convenience store came up for sale, Mr Burke said they jumped on it.

"We were just looking around for that sort of an opportunity," he said.

Submitting a development application to Bundaberg Regional Council just a few months later, Mr Burke said it had been all go-go-go.

"We actually got the development application approved in December, and we've been working on it ever since," he said.

The bakery and coffee shop opened for the first time early yesterday morning with the first customers quickly through the door.

"They seemed pretty pleased and we've had quite a number of customers since then," he said.

Mr Burke's stepdaughter Skye Seaford is the new manager of the bakery and cafe after working in a Bundaberg bakery for several years.

"I am a little bit nervous only that I might disappoint anyone but I'll try my best," Ms Seaford said.

"That's all you can do, can't you."

Ms Seaford said the locals had already welcomed her and the new business with open arms.

Mr Burke said the next step for Casuarina Place was to find a business to fill the shop at the back of the building.

He said it was hoped a pharmacist would fill the space but said the search had so far been unsuccessful.

"But we will be looking for a tenant whether it's a real estate agent, a hairdresser, a convenience store or anything like that would be suitable," he said.

Although Mr Burke said Casuarina Place wouldn't be stopping just there.

"We have actually acquired the block next door as well," Mr Burke said.

"So we're hoping to further develop it in the next couple of years."



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