$2.4m cane pain
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