Burger bar for old Java Blue

Help for busi­nesses to take slump in stride

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - DONNA-MARIE MILNE ANGELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

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 info@qtic.com.au

Photo by ANGELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

Yummy burg­ers: own­ers Andy and Sally Vi­ola tuck in

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