Cafe re­vamp adds Soul to night econ­omy

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Louise Alling­ham

Kar­ratha’s Soul Cafe is hav­ing a ma­jor makeover and will be re­launch­ing its new din­ing con­cept to the public to­mor­row.

Owner Beth Corps said the busi­ness would bring cafe, bar and restau­rant din­ing to­gether.

“Es­sen­tially we are a cafe by day and bar by night, in the quest to of­fer more eat­ing op­tions to this lit­tle city of ours,” she said.

Af­ter suc­cess­ful of Mex­i­can din­ner nights over the past year-and-a-half, Ms Corps said she had de­cided it was time for a change.

“We’ve just found that the cafe is work­ing re­ally well but our nights are do­ing ex­cep­tion­ally well and that’s just run­ning Mex­i­can, so we’ve de­cided to change the menu to more share plates, a la carte meals, small snack plates as well to just en­cour­age that clien­tele,” she said.

Over the past few days, Soul has been go­ing through a ma­jor, but speedy ren­o­va­tion.

“(We’re do­ing) some booth seat­ing, more com­fort­able seat­ing, more pri­vate seat­ing, some bar ta­bles as well to just pre­sent more of a bar-style/ cafe to the com­mu­nity,” Ms Corps said.

“(We’ll have) drop pen­dant light­ing through­out to cre­ate more of that evening mood.”

Changes to the restau­rant’s liquor li­cens­ing will al­low the team to cater for pri­vate func­tions and mean pa­trons can have a drink with­out or­der­ing a meal.

Ms Corps said the changes would be a “fresh start” for Soul and were prompted by a slip in rep­u­ta­tion af­ter she strug­gled to bal­ance fam­ily and work life.

“As a mum and busi­ness owner­op­er­a­tor, it is very dif­fi­cult some­times to jug­gle both work and fam­ily and feel like you are do­ing a good job in both worlds,” she said.

“I deeply love both my separate lives and en­deav­oured this year to give Soul my ev­ery­thing to re­gain the trust, con­fi­dence and re­spect from the Kar­ratha com­mu­nity.

“These are the real rea­sons Soul needed to change — to show the com­mu­nity that Soul is still a place to es­cape and feel warmed, wel­comed, nour­ished and loved.”

Book­ing is es­sen­tial to at­tend the re­launch to­mor­row night.

Call 9183 8278 to book.

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