Changes ahead for the fu­ture

Big Orange is set for new ren­o­va­tions

Central and North Burnett Times - - FLAVOURS ADVERTISING FEATURE - Adam McCleery

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.

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