Big Mama’s takes cafe in new di­rec­tion

Ruapehu Press - - Your Local News - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

A pop­u­lar cafe that had once been the first step­ping stone to­wards a cater­ing ca­reer for many Tau­marunui youth now has a new owner with a fresh fo­cus.

Chef of the Train­ing Cafe Stacey Wilson has stepped for­ward to take over the lease, with the train­ing fa­cil­ity end­ing last Satur­day.

Wilson said she was ex­cited to bring her style to an es­tab­lish­ment that has helped give young peo­ple a way into em­ploy­ment.

There was a short­age of youth want­ing to be trained so the Tau­marunui Chris­tian Trust de­cided it was time to close the busi­ness.

See­ing the po­ten­tial the busi­ness had to of­fer, Wilson couldn’t re­sist the urge to step for­ward and take it on her­self.

‘‘It’s such a prime spot, I didn’t want it to go to waste so I made the de­ci­sion.

‘‘The trust was go­ing to shut it down so I put my hand up and it’s all go.’’

The re-launch date has been set for Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 16.

Fondly called ‘‘Big Mama’s’’ by her fam­ily, Wilson de­cided this would be the new name of the busi­ness along with a few other changes.

The in­te­rior will be painted in neu­tral colours to high­light the art deco de­sign on the ceil­ing.

A chil­dren’s play area will be placed at one end of the cafe so fam­i­lies can come in and re­lax with their chil­dren.

To add a bit of glam­our staff will be dressed in 1950’s style which in­cludes head scarves and aprons.

A new home is also needed for the mu­ral styled paint­ing that hang on the end wall.

The menu is go­ing to be over­hauled, in­clud­ing a break­fast menu to cater for the tourist trade. Thanks to a few sug­ges­tions from tourist the break­fast menu has been up­dated.

Wilson will have the ‘‘Big Yank’’ break­fast which comes with the works in­clud­ing waf­fles and ba­con. The ‘‘Big Pom’’ will also in­clude black pud­ding and baked beans. Hun­gry pa­trons will also be able to or­der the ‘‘Ka Pai’’ break­fast which comes with ba­con, eggs, tomato and a fried up hangi.

More sal­ads will also be added to the menu.

Open­ing hours have been ex­tended start­ing from 7am to 5.30pm, Mon­day-satur­day.

‘‘I want to keep it pos­i­tive in here and put us on the map be­cause we’re get­ting a lot of tourist in here, it’s un­real.’’

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