War­wick’s favourite cafe spot re­vealed

Once a risk, now a dream come true

Warwick Daily News - - NEWS - NI­COLE ZUR­CAS ni­cole.zur­cas@war­wick­dai­lynews.com.au

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.

Photo: Ni­cole Zur­cas

SWAP­PING TAPAS FOR COF­FEE: Six years ago own­ers Rosie and Mark Favero couldn't have imag­ined run­ning one of War­wick's best cafes.

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