Big Mama’s takes cafe in new direction
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.’’