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Townsville Bulletin - Townsville Eye - - FOOD -

ACity Lane cafe known for its cleaneat­ing ap­proach is now serv­ing up din­ner. Born Wild Whole­food and Es­presso owner Kymbo West­cott said they had ob­tained a liquor li­cence and start­ing plat­ing up even­ing meals about three weeks ago.

“I just didn’t like driv­ing past my own cafe at night and see­ing it closed when I know we can serve great food,” he said. “It’s a sim­ple rea­son, but I'm a sim­ple man.” The eatery, lo­cated in City Lane in the CBD, used to be part of the Pa­leo Cafe fran­chise, but Mr West­cott made the de­ci­sion to re­brand last De­cem­ber.

He says busi­ness has been boom­ing ever since, with Satur­day and Sun­days the cafe’s busiest times.

“Last year was a bit of a tough year for ev­ery­one in the in­dus­try, but this year things have picked up,” he said.

“With pa­leo, I think peo­ple thought that they had to eat like that all the time and it got over­whelm­ing for them.

“Our fo­cus isn’t so much healthy food but whole foods. “It’s stuff your mother makes. “Our big thing is that we make ev­ery­thing in the kitchen here, in­clud­ing all the sauces.”

Among the dishes be­ing served up on the new din­ner menu are steaks from Mr West­cott’s own fam­ily prop­erty, burgers, crack­ling pork belly and Moroccan lamb rump.

Desserts haven’t been for­got­ten, with Mr West­cott able to rec­om­mend the flour­less choco­late cake. “I had two slices be­fore I went home the other night,” he said.

“It’s got a brownie-like crust and then you bite through to this moist cen­tre.”

The menu will change with the sea­sons to keep pace with what pro­duce is avail­able from within the lo­cal re­gion.

The cafe uses lo­cal sup­pli­ers wher­ever pos­si­ble, in­clud­ing beef from Mr West­cott’s fam­ily prop­erty Ca­tum­nal, south of Hugh­en­den.

“We use man­goes from Giru ... lo­cal fruit and veg­eta­bles from North Queens­land, we use lo­cal butch­ers when I’m not us­ing my own meat and we use Mun­galli milk,” Mr West­cott said.

“The fo­cus is just on know­ing what you’re eat­ing.”

Mr West­cott said he felt City Lane was boom­ing and he was pleased to be part of that.

“In the last 10 weeks we’ve re­ally seen a lot more peo­ple in the city,” he said.

“City Lane is be­com­ing a des­ti­na­tion ... there are a few of us here now.

“It’s great that peo­ple can come out and have all these op­tions of where to eat.”

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