Ex-Syd­ney res­i­dent full of beans af­ter move to Up­per Mt Gra­vatt

The Courier-Mail - Property - - REALESTATE INSIGHT - KIERAN ROONEY

AF­TER run­ning a busi­ness in Syd­ney Jes­sica Chee jumped at the chance to move in­ter­state and open a cafe in Up­per Mount Gra­vatt.

Ms Chee’s cafe, The Tucker Box, has re­cently cel­e­brated its first birth­day and has be­come pop­u­lar with both lo­cal res­i­dents and work­ers.

“One of the things that ap­pealed to me about the area is that it’s a bal­ance of res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial space,” she said.

“The cafe it­self is part of a line of of­fice build­ings and then you’ve got apart­ments in the same street.

Ms Chee said she had no­ticed a re­cent jump in the num­ber of cafes in the sub­urb.

“In fact it’s not just Up­per Mount Gra­vatt, but also in neigh­bour­ing sub­urbs like Hol­land Park as well,’’ she said.

“It’s nice to see the growth here in Bris­bane and, com­ing from some­one who is from Syd­ney, you can see the place is boom­ing.”

For Ms Chee it was in­evitable that hubs out­side of the in­ner city would start to see the rise of their own cafe cul­ture.

“It proves you don’t have to be in the trendy ar­eas to ap­pre­ci­ate a good cof­fee,” she said.

“There are plenty of peo­ple out here in the sub­urbs who want good cof­fee and we wanted to pro­vide for those peo­ple rather than get into a well known area.

“The cof­fee you can get here is as good, if not bet­ter, than any­thing you can get from a cafe in Padding­ton.

But draw­ing in cus­tomers from both in­side and out­side the sub­urb has not been with­out it’s chal­lenges.

“We’ve had to build a clien­tele but now we have a loyal fol­low­ing who are bring­ing their friends as well,” Ms Chee said.

“One thing that sets us apart from the in­ner-city places is we’re al­ways ap­proach­able and we all feel like a fam­ily.

“It’s great to see cafes like ours ap­pear­ing more and more across Bris­bane.

Ms Chee said she ex­pected in­ter­est in Up­per Mount Gra­vatt would grow if the sub­urb con­tin­ued to build up a rep­u­ta­tion for cof­fee shops.

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