New dawn at Sun­rise

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Shane Ni­chols

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.’’

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