Burger bar for old Java Blue
Help for businesses to take slump in stride
LOCAL favourite Java Blue is relocating to the site of Coffee Grind on Macrossan St with the owners planning a gourmet burger bar to take its place.
The move will mean a bigger venue for the established coffee shop as well as an expanded menu, reduced prices and continued internet and wifi facilities.
Java Blue relocated on Sunday, with owner Andy Viola planning to open Bull’s Burger Bar in its current location after a full refit the end of next week.
The gourmet burger bar will serve up carefully constructed premier burgers, catering for all tastes at a reasonable price.
“Being a family-operated business, we understand the importance of high quality and affordable dining options,” Andy said.
Bull’s Burger Bar will offer dine in or takeaway and the meat will be provided by award-winning Mossman butchers.
“Our pattie recipes, however, will remain a secret,” Andy said.
“We had a huge amount of fun with forming and naming the menu - included on our menu is the ’Bull Ring Burner’ loaded with jalapenos.”
Andy admits that business is tougher in the recent economic climate.
“There are 18 cafes serving coffee in Port Douglas - the competition is tough, we realised the need to diversify and saw a niche in the market,” he said.
“It also reduces the competition for other businesses.
“There has been some bad press regarding landlords, but they are not all bad - ours has been fantastic and really wants to support the community and local businesses and we’re really thankful to him.
“Our landlord has his finger on the pulse, understands the local market and in fact our rent has reduced every year.”
Java Blue will open from 7am every day, serving breakfast and lunch and Bulls Burger bar will open for lunch and dinner from 11am until late. A FREE program is available for local tourism operators to receive practical advice and support to develop individual business plans to help survive and grow in the changing business climate.
Run by the Queensland Tourism Council, the intensive twoday “Take it all in my stride” program has been developed by industry and training experts and looks at potential business growth and operational processes.
Project manager Kim Har- rington said the program, developed as a result of the natural disasters in Queensland last year, takes stock of business from a personal and business point of view.
“It’s a program designed for decision-makers and people must be part of management team to get best value out of this,” she said.
“Tourism operators are passionate people who get in and create their business and the program looks at both sides - the business person and the business model.
“Operators go through when they started, what’s changed personally and business-wise, what’s changed in the industry and what they need to be doing.”
The program and it has been made available through funding from the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation.
There will be follow-up coaching and online support available after the program.
“Participants will be walking away with a one-page current business plan - each business will have their own set of issues and business practices and the workshop gives them a toolkit of very simple business models they can apply immediately within their business,” Ms Harrington said.
“We had one business in Cairns walk away saying they saved $30,000 a year just by looking at this in a different way.”
Tourism operators need to apply straight away for the program because places are limited. It will run in Port Douglas from February 21-22. For more information and to register contact Kim Harrington on 3236 1445 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Yummy burgers: owners Andy and Sally Viola tuck in