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Windmill set to turn for sweet treats

EXCITING RENOVATION: Owners of Nanas Pantry Darryl and Leisa Storey have purchased the windmill at Bargara and will turn it into a gelato bar along with waffles. Photo: Zach Hogg / NewsMail
EXCITING RENOVATION: Owners of Nanas Pantry Darryl and Leisa Storey have purchased the windmill at Bargara and will turn it into a gelato bar along with waffles. Photo: Zach Hogg / NewsMail Zach Hogg BUN210714WND1

THE Bargara windmill is set to start turning out sweets as Nana's Pantry purchases the million dollar mill.

Nana's Pantry co-owner Darryl Storey said he and wife Leisa were expanding their business into Bargara due to limited space at their current Electra St store.

"We saw an opportunity to go out there and the windmill is such a landmark, everyone knows it, it's just a really good opportunity to get in out there," he said.

"We're just hoping we can do it (the Windmill) justice, it's always had a good name, obviously we're going to make some changes and we just hope that we get it right."

The property was originally listed with Coastline Real Estate for $1.5 million.

Principal Bob Tame said the property had been on the market for a long time and was later reduced to $695,000.

"The initial listing price was totally unrealistic," he said.

Despite the reduction, the real estate said the building sold for far less.

Mr Story declined to confirm the sale price.

But the move into Bargara is not Nana's Pantry's first expansion - Mr Storey said eight years ago a second Nana's Pantry store was opened in Hervey Bay along with a portable food van added to the business.

He said the Bundaberg Electra St store had also expanded in every way but couldn't fit anything else.

"We had a lot of people buying our coffee now and it's been really popular, but we just don't have the seating in Bundaberg," he said.

"We're not fitted out for that, we never started out to be a café or anything like that."

Mr Storey said the Bargara windmill would be predominately a dessert bar.

"It won't just be gelato though, we'll be doing the Belgian waffles and then there's going to be a few extra things as well," Mr Storey said.

"We are trying to get into the savoury side of things to make it more of a complete café experience and offer people more things.

"We're just going to do a slow approach, we'll ease into it, we'll listen to the people in Bargara and see what they want."

Mr Storey said the property was still settling, but hoped to start construction on the building next month.

"We've got a fair bit of work to do to it, structurally it's fine, it just needs a tidy up and a clean-up," he said.

He hoped the store would open to the public at the start to middle of Septemberwith additional improvements to follow.



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