Cook­ing up busi­ness

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS -

CAPE Trib Camp­ing is reap­ing the ben­e­fits of in­vest­ing in a new pizza res­tau­rant and bar to sat­isfy hun­gry lo­cals and vis­i­tors to the Dain­tree.

Own­ers Rod and Anne Colquhan opened the Sand Bar Café late last year and have at­tracted plenty of sup­port with their de­li­cious home-cooked piz­zas and laid­back bar over­look­ing the camp­ground.

They have also re­cently com­pleted a new area at the camp­ground cater­ing for large groups with its own toi­let and cook­ing fa­cil­i­ties right next to the beach.

The Sand Bar is one of only two places vis­i­tors can get a meal in Cape Tribu­la­tion dur­ing the wet sea­son with the tem­po­rary clo­sure of Ma­son’s Café and Whet res­tau­rant.

“The bar’s been do­ing great busi­ness and is prov­ing very pop­u­lar with lo­cals and vis­i­tors,” Rod said.

“The area has been do­ing it tough with low vis­i­tor num­bers but we saw an op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide some­where for peo­ple to have a meal and re­lax with a drink and it seems to have struck a chord.

“It’s fresh and sim­ple and we pro­vide a friendly at­mos­phere.”

Rod and Anne and son Jack have added some lo­cal flavours to the menu with their cas­sowary, Bloom­field Track, reef, The Cape, jun­gle, man­groves, amethys­tine python and pa­per­bark piz­zas.

Photo by GREG MCLEAN

Feast for the senses: Rod, Anne and Jack Colquhan at the Sand Bar cafe

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