New bak­ery’s win­ning roll

Central Telegraph - - NEWS - An­drew Thorpe an­drew.thorpe@ news­re­gional­me­

IN A TOWN where many busi­nesses are clos­ing up shop, one new busi­ness in Moura is buck­ing the trend and wel­com­ing in cus­tomers for the first time.

The staff are friendly, the de­sign is mod­ern and a sign next door says ‘diner com­ing soon’.

A & B Bak­ery of­fi­cially opened its doors on Wed­nes­day morn­ing and by 12.30pm had sold out of ev­ery­thing they’d made.

“We were open by 4.30am, so it was just guys go­ing to work mainly. Then about 7.30am it started to get crazy and it was just non-stop un­til we sold out,” co-owner An­drew Fyfe said.

“(The Monto lo­cals) are very ex­cited. There’s a big need for this kind of busi­ness here.”

Orig­i­nally from Monto, An­drew has run bak­eries in Gayn­dah and Her­vey Bay, ar­riv­ing in Moura via Cape York.

“My part­ner in the bak­ery is my ex-brother-in-law Barry Milne.

“He’s from Ba­nana and he said ‘we need a bak­ery in Moura’.

“I’d worked here be­fore about 30 years ago for John Lang when I was just 18, so I know the town. I’ve been through here a few times.”

An­drew said the bak­ery would fo­cus on get­ting the ba­sics right – mak­ing good bread and good pies.

“We’ve had pie shops for many years,” he said.

“The pies are al­ways good-qual­ity meat.

“We use the lo­cal butcher in town.

“Just good pies and good food, but we will also be spe­cial­is­ing in tiger bread.”

The diner will soon be open for break­fast and lunch and will serve proper sit-down meals, in­clud­ing a ba­con and eggs break­fast.

The busi­ness is al­ready em­ploy­ing lo­cals, with four ca­sual staff plus the own­ers ros­tered on.

An­drew said he was con­fi­dent the re­cep­tion he’d re­ceived from lo­cals so far meant the busi­ness would be around for a long time.

“I think it’ll do well. It’s a five-year plan at the mo­ment,” he said.

“I don’t think it’ll fail. I’ve never done any­thing that has yet.”

A & B Bak­ery can be found on the Daw­son Hwy next door to the closed for­mer bak­ery.

OPEN­ING UP: An­drew Fyfe, Julie Tay­lor and Kim Fer­gu­son from A & B Bak­ery. PHOTO: AN­DREW THORPE

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