Savour your chard with a Stage Door meal

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The Stage Door Cafe´ has added another at­trac­tion to its bevy of ben­e­fits.

In ad­di­tion to the food, the am­bi­ence and the hos­pi­tal­ity, the Stage Door Cafe´ now has a BYO li­cence.

This means that owner Deb­bie Chad­field and her team can cater for func­tions in the cafe´ where wine or beer is served or pa­trons can bring their favourite bot­tle with them to en­joy a leisurely meal.

To re­ceive a BYO li­cence, Stage Door Cafe´ has to pro­vide a se­cure premises, be re­spon­si­ble hosts and en­sure staff are trained in an en­vi­ron­ment where wine or beer is be­ing con­sumed with food.

‘‘It re­flects the re­spon­si­ble at­ti­tude we have in meet­ing the needs of our pa­trons,’’ Deb­bie says.

‘‘We can now in­vite peo­ple to bring wine or beer when they or­der from our gen­er­ous menus.’’

Deb­bie and hus­band Duane pur­chased the cafe´ in King Street nearly 12 months ago and have qui­etly trans­formed it back to its hal­cyon days when it first opened 18 years ago.

Deb­bie has been in the hos­pi­tal­ity busi­ness for more than 10 years and is pas­sion­ate about the im­por­tance of per­sonal ser­vice.

She has stamped her in­di­vid­u­al­ity on Stage Door by meet­ing and greet­ing her pa­trons and is backed up by an ex­pe­ri­enced team who know the mean­ing of hos­pi­tal­ity.

Sup­port­ing her is an ex­pe­ri­enced chef in Isaac and his part­ner Ange, who runs front of house.

The cafe´ is al­ready fa­mous for its Eggs Bene with pork belly and now of­fers a veg­e­tar­ian op­tion – poached eggs served on toasted cia­batta along with hand­made potato rosti, baby spinach and por­to­bello mush­room driz­zled with hol­landaise sauce.

‘‘We also do salmon and ba­con Eggs Bene, a must to ex­pe­ri­ence,’’ Deb­bie says.

The sig­na­ture dishes are part of a menu which now in­cludes all day break­fast and an ex­ten­sive lunch/brunch choice as well as a tasty se­lec­tion from the cab­i­net. Isaac also changes the menu regularly to re­flect the sea­sons.

Other sig­nif­i­cant changes to Stage Door in­clude a dis­tinc­tive de´cor to re­flect the cafe’s artis­tic theme. Deb­bie has themed Stage Door to be­come the cafe´ of choice for the city’s theatre set as well as at­tract­ing peo­ple who want a meet­ing place with the best of food in the heart of the city.

The Stage Door Cafe´ snug­gles into the Re­gent on Broad­way, a theatre which has been at the heart of the city’s stage shows, live per­for­mances and movies for 80 years and posters on the cafe´ walls re­mind pa­trons of the some of Hol­ly­wood’s great epics.

Since own­ing Stage Door, Deb­bie has been de­lighted with the in­crease in pa­tron­age com­pris­ing old and val­ued cus­tomers, reg­u­lar din­ers and new clients who have re­cently dis­cov­ered her cafe´. She en­cour­ages ev­ery­one who hasn’t ex­pe­ri­enced the Stage Door to try it out.

Deb­bie is al­ready look­ing ahead and plan­ning for Christ­mas.

‘‘We are pre­par­ing a spe­cial Christ­mas menu and, with our new BYO li­cence, are al­ready open for book­ings from in­di­vid­u­als, groups or cor­po­rates,’’ she says.

Deb­bie Chad­field con­tin­ues to trans­form Stage Door Cafe.

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