A few changes on the menu
Long-time cafe owner moving on
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.”
FRESH START: Kim Stevens has handed over Café Aroma to Eduardo and Reynaldo Carrasco.