A few changes on the menu

Long-time cafe owner mov­ing on

Central Telegraph - - NEWS - Vanessa Jarrett Vanessa.Jarrett@cen­tral­tele­graph.com.au

KIM Stevens had “very mixed emo­tions” when hand­ing over her Cafe Aroma busi­ness to its new own­ers last week.

“It’s all I have known. I bought it not long af­ter I left school,” Kim said.

Kim owned the busi­ness for eight years and couldn’t be­lieve how fast the time had gone.

“It’s been a long time and I haven’t taken much time off be­cause I al­ways wanted to be here,” she said.

“It doesn’t feel like eight years at all.”

Through the years, Kim watched her busi­ness grow from strength to strength.

“I have seen it change in lots of ways. I have got­ten to know a lot of staff and fam­i­lies,” she said.

“We did ren­o­va­tions four years ago to grow the busi­ness – the town was busy and we saw the need.”

Ex­pect­ing a baby in De­cem­ber, Kim will have her hands full with her two-year-old daugh­ter Bry­die and hus­band Cody’s horse train­ing busi­ness.

“I get to be with my fam­ily a lot more,” she said.

“I have had a change of pri­or­i­ties. I can’t put in 150% like I used to.”

With the busi­ness a part of her life for so long, Kim said she would miss it.

“I will miss the so­cial as­pect, getting to know all the fam­i­lies, see­ing the kids grow up,” she said.

Kim was grate­ful to the com­mu­nity for sup­port­ing her busi­ness.

“I just wanted to say thank you to all my lo­cal cus­tomers in Biloela and ex­tend­ing ar­eas out­side. With­out them I wouldn’t have had my busi­ness and it wouldn’t have been as en­joy­able,” she said.

“Thank you for help­ing along the way, sup­port­ing me and hav­ing faith.”

The new own­ers are broth­ers Ed­uardo and Rey­naldo Car­rasco.

The pair have been liv­ing in Aus­tralia for some years but are from South Amer­ica and would like to bring some of their cul­ture to the cafe.

“The menu will be the same but we might add some things, some spe­cials – South American dishes for peo­ple to try if they would like to,” Ed­uardo said.

The trad­ing hours might also be ex­tended.

“We are think­ing of opening on a Fri­day night for a tapas night and open later on Satur­days,” Ed­uardo said.

“And we are look­ing at getting an al­co­hol li­cence.”

PHOTO: VANESSA JARRETT

FRESH START: Kim Stevens has handed over Café Aroma to Ed­uardo and Rey­naldo Car­rasco.

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