Re­gion’s food scene siz­zles

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Stake­hold­ers are hail­ing a foodie boom in Kar­ratha and sur­rounds as the open­ing of sev­eral new din­ing op­tions adds to the ev­er­grow­ing Pil­bara food palate.

Af­ter a longer than ex­pected set-up time, Fiorita Deli fi­nally opened its doors at the Quar­ter last Tues­day, the sec­ond busi­ness to open in the new build­ing since it was fin­ished mid-year.

Kar­ratha Visi­tor Cen­tre also un­veiled its Dream­time Cafe last Fri­day.

KVC man­ager Jane Knapp said the grow­ing din­ing scene would give lo­cals and tourists choice, some­thing which had been miss­ing to date.

“For us, it’s more ser­vic­ing our tourists and get­ting them to stay longer,” she said.

“The longer tourists stay in our shop, the longer we are able to sell our re­gion to them.

Ms Knapp said while 2016 had seen a fall in the num­ber of tourists, she was con­fi­dent in the abil­ity of new mar­ket­ing strate­gies to boost visi­tor num­bers in the com­ing years.

The two es­tab­lish­ments are among a num­ber of new eater­ies al­ready launched or al­most ready this year.

Ram­bla Bar in Wick­ham, Juels Cafe in Roe­bourne and Snack Boss in the LIA have all opened their doors to date in 2016.

The re­launch of The Icon, open­ing of Bushlolly Cafe and the Ranges Kar­ratha’s new restau­rant are all close as well.

Kar­ratha and Dis­tricts Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try pres­i­dent Ky­lah Mor­ri­son said the num­ber of new busi­nesses com­ing on board showed con­fi­dence in the mar­ket.

“Every busi­ness re­ally has their own point of dif­fer­ence and when they mar­ket that, that’s when when they will be more suc­cess­ful,” she said.

“By hav­ing more es­tab­lish­ments, it helps to im­prove qual­ity and cus­tomer ser­vices.

“I think you can al­ready see cafes like Soul ad­ver­tis­ing lo­cal events, dif­fer­ent fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and things to do around town.”

Ms Mor­ri­son said in­creased on­line pres­ence from small busi­ness such as cafes would help at­tract more peo­ple to town.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Kar­ratha Visi­tor Cen­tre man­ager Jane Knapp, right, and Dream­time Cafe barista Ni­cole Tolomeo. Ms Knapp says the grow­ing din­ing scene will give lo­cals and tourists choice.

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