Changes ahead for the future
Big Orange is set for new renovations
THE Big Orange in Gayndah is set to undergo some major changes in the near future.
Despite the changes, the venue’s focus will remain on its large range of jams and condiments and of course its famous burgers.
Big Orange owners and operators Neil and Tanya Richards said it was time to tweak the way they ran their small business.
They know the changes will be best for their loyal customers.
“In a couple of months’ time we will have a few renovations planned,” Mr Richards said.
“So we will be getting rid of the clothes and jewellery and other things like that and get into stocking more jams, sauces, vinegars and things of that nature.”
Mr and Mrs Richards will use the renovation to slightly modify their business plan for the future.
“We will begin to specialise in all that sort of stuff now, we want to move over into the food side of things more with our cafe,” Mr Richards said.
“Anything orange, I don’t care if it is an orange-themed knife set or something like hats, anything.”
The Big Orange, on the road into Gayndah, has built a positive reputation for its made-to-order meals and freshly-squeezed juice.
“We have seven burgers on the menu all up,” Mr Richards said.
“We always make sure we have fresh ingredients and we make each meal to order, so it can take around 10 minutes at most but it’s worth it for fresh food.
“The beef burger is probably our most popular burger and the works burger always does well with customers too.”
The move over to a more food-focused business was a long-term decision for the future of the Big Orange.
“With the big fruit stall up the road we have had to do something else other than just fruit or we will go out of business,” Mr Richards said.
Another change to be made will be the times the cafe is open to the public.
Tourist seasons played a part in this decision.
“We are going to be closed in November, February and March now,” Mr Richards said.
“Those months have proven to be very quiet for us.
“Plus that will give us the time this year to complete our upgrades and renovations.”
The Big Orange is already beginning to expand on its range of products and has begun a partnership with New England Larder out of Stanthorpe.
“The new guy we have from Stanthorpe has really good products but we also make some of our own here,” Mr Richards said.
“We have got taste testers for some of our new products like the caramelised garlic vinegar and as soon as people taste it they are sold.”
New England Larder products at the Big Orange also include chutneys, pickles and jams along with desserts and a range of vinegars.
“I got a sample of some of the chutney in, four of them, and they didn’t seem to sell too well at first,” Mr Richards said.
“After seven weeks we had only sold one or two so we didn’t bother getting any more but the people who did buy them ended up coming back and wanting to buy more.
“So they have started to sell well, we are sold out now but will be getting more. The vanilla figs proved popular.”
The Big Orange also offers freshly made coffee, tea and scones which have proven popular with the travelling public as well as residents from across the North Burnett.
“We tend to get a lot of grey nomads stopping in and the tea and scones is always popular with them,” Mr Richards said.
The Big Orange is located at 1 Mick Lutvey St in Gayndah and is open seven days a week from 8am until 3pm.
❝ We want to move over into the food side of things more with our cafe. — Neil Richards
DELICIOUS: The Big Orange in Gayndah has a large range of jams and condiments on offer.