$2.4m cane pain

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

A NEW café in the lo­ca­tion of an old favourite was sparked by a bright idea in the mid­dle of the night.

3nine­teen, on the for­mer site of pop­u­lar restau­rant Soul ’n’ Pep­per next to the Sugar Wharf, owes its name to the ex­act time owner Mark Bur­nett woke up with the idea.

The Café Fresq owner de­cided to branch out with the new ven­ture to en­sure the iconic lo­ca­tion didn’t go to waste.

“We came up with the idea of cre­at­ing a café there in Jan­uary and it has been a pro­ject that was scream­ing to be done,” he said.

3nine­teen opened on Tues­day and aims to serve up break­fast, lunch and sun­set cock­tails.

Man­agers Damion Jones and Nikki Reyes are hop­ing lo­cals take a lik­ing to it.

“Ev­ery­one has been re­ally ex­cited to see some­thing open up here as it is such a beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tion,” Ms Reyes said.

Mr Jones said the menu is full of global cui­sine “so there is some­thing for ev­ery­one”. They also sun-dry their own toma­toes and in­fuse our own spir­its.

The new café will only be tem­po­rary though as the site is sched­uled to be de­mol­ished next year as part of the Water­front de­vel­op­ment. MOSS­MAN Cen­tral Mill has been pre­sented with the fi­nal bill from the dis­as­trous 2010 sugar sea­son.

Lo­cal grow­ers will have to pay nearly $2.4 mil­lion to Queens­land Sugar Lim­ited to make up for the short­fall in sugar de­liv­ery af­ter sev­eral dis­tricts were un­able to de­liver the ex­pected ton­nage of sugar in the wettest sea­son on record.

“Our fi­nal share of the costs for last year is $2,363,723.44,” mill chair­man Bill Phillips-Turner said. Grow­ers will get paid what they were ex­pect­ing for the 2010 har­vest, around $39/tonne for cane, but they will be of­fered a loan by QSL which they can pay back over three years.

“Over three years, it works out at about $1/ tonne for cane,” Mr Phillips-Turner said.

“Now that we’ve made an agree­ment, we’re try­ing to move on.

“The sugar price out­look is look­ing quite good for the next cou­ple of years.”


Open for busi­ness: 3nine­teen man­agers Damion Jones and Nikki Reyes

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