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New cafe combines quirky with fun - seven days a week

WHEN sisters Suzy Evans and Jenny Haack were looking to open a cafe in Bundaberg, they asked community members what they wanted.

"The biggest feedback was they wanted somewhere that was open seven days a week," Ms Evans said.

And they weren't kidding - at Oodies in North Bundaberg at breakfast, brunch or lunch on a Sunday, the place is packed to the roof with customers.

Now heading into their ninth week of trading, Ms Evans said they had never looked back.

"It's been crazy. Sunday is definitely our biggest day of the week," she said.

But the cafe co-owner said she understood why some stores chose not to trade seven days.

"To be able to employ senior staff on a Sunday, you may as well not open your doors," Ms Evans said.

Through junior staff and working with fewer staff on Sundays, Ms Evans said Oodies could meet the demand for Sunday service.

The cafe is alongside the Tallon Bridge in a shopfront and converted garage featuring a bright mural by Bundaberg artist Jamie Kirby.

"The building has a lot of history, a lot of people have a sentimental attachment to it," Ms Evans said.

She said the history was important to she and her sister and said a photo of the building from 1940 with petrol bowsers was placed in the cafe seating area.

The photo rests among a mix of inspiration quotes on blackboards, quirky books and eclectic furniture.

"We've always been pretty passionate about opening something that was a little bit left of field," Ms Evans said.

The cafe name itself is the product of an idea cloud compiled by the two sisters.

"We wish it was a bit more of an exciting story," Ms Evans joked.

"We thought of all the words that meant something to us."

She said the pair was discussing the words when her sister suddenly came out with the name "Oodies".

"It was a mixture of words and a mixture of feelings," Ms Evans said.

It was meant to be a working title to be changed before the business opened, but Ms Evans said the name stuck.

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