New dawn at Sunrise
TRAVIS Hauser is glad he saw the ‘For Sale’ on the Sunrise Cafe, which sits on Front St smack in the middle of Mossman.
Since buying out the owners in late August he and his mum Junnee Harding have taken the takwaway food shop to a turnover level 20 per cent higher than it was.
‘‘I saw it for sale and said to my mum ‘jump on it, it’s a gold mine’.’’
Mum and son have varied the menu to include healthier food choices, and it’s been literally going down well with the clientele. Among the hottest favourites are the vege burgers which apparently are walking out the door at a great rate. ‘‘I’m really into healthy eating,’’ says Ms Harding, who worked for a time as a cook at the Mossman Hospital. there and in Cairns she had training in nutrition and healthy eating and it’s become something she is very keen on. ‘‘I just love cooking and eating healthy. That’s our passion.’’
Another the new business owner is excited about is the opportunity to train FNQ and Torres Strait indigenous kids in the food industry. Ms Harding has been organising with a local job training agency to bring indigenous youth to town so that they can have some training. ‘‘I can’t wait to get started,’’ Ms Harding says.
She could use some help, though Travis is there with her 14 hours a day. ‘‘It’s been overwhelming,’’ says Junnee. ‘‘It’s a good little shop, and it’s clean. We get stuck into it.’’