Warwick’s favourite cafe spot revealed
Once a risk, now a dream come true
SIX years ago Mark and Rosie Favero took a risk and followed their dreams of taking an iconic Warwick business and making it their own.
Though their now-thriving business has taken the Rose City’s coffee lovers by storm and developed a cult following, the owners of Warwick’s bustling Belle Vue Cafe hadn’t always had their sights set on retaining that identity.
“I pictured a completely different style, which was to turn this space into a bit of a tapas restaurant with a bar,” Mr Favero said.
The arrival of their children meant the Faveros put the Belle Vue’s nightlife on hold, leading them to focus on the cafe side of things.
Dinner was Mr Favero’s speciality, however he learned quickly to adapt his repertoire for the delicate dishes the business is now known for.
Holding on to the daytime menu proved favourable for Belle Vue, which took the cake in the Daily News Facebook search for the town’s best cafe.
Social media has also become an integral part of managing the cafe, keeping customers informed and attracting new faces.
“Customers from out of town will tell us they came in because we were on such-andsuch site or app, which we didn’t even know about,” Mrs Favero said.
The couple had their work cut out for them when they took over the Palmerin St cafe but have pushed through its barriers, expanding into the building next door and including a deli.
And it’s faith in their partnership and each other that got them through.
Mrs Favero said: “We’ve steadily grown but the first year I kept asking myself, ‘How are we going to do this?’
“But I believed in Mark and I knew he could make it his own.
As for chasing that first goal of introducing a fresh new dinner menu to Warwick, Mr Favero said he wouldn’t take anything off the table just yet.
SWAPPING TAPAS FOR COFFEE: Six years ago owners Rosie and Mark Favero couldn't have imagined running one of Warwick's best cafes.