Ex-Sydney resident full of beans after move to Upper Mt Gravatt
AFTER running a business in Sydney Jessica Chee jumped at the chance to move interstate and open a cafe in Upper Mount Gravatt.
Ms Chee’s cafe, The Tucker Box, has recently celebrated its first birthday and has become popular with both local residents and workers.
“One of the things that appealed to me about the area is that it’s a balance of residential and commercial space,” she said.
“The cafe itself is part of a line of office buildings and then you’ve got apartments in the same street.
Ms Chee said she had noticed a recent jump in the number of cafes in the suburb.
“In fact it’s not just Upper Mount Gravatt, but also in neighbouring suburbs like Holland Park as well,’’ she said.
“It’s nice to see the growth here in Brisbane and, coming from someone who is from Sydney, you can see the place is booming.”
For Ms Chee it was inevitable that hubs outside of the inner city would start to see the rise of their own cafe culture.
“It proves you don’t have to be in the trendy areas to appreciate a good coffee,” she said.
“There are plenty of people out here in the suburbs who want good coffee and we wanted to provide for those people rather than get into a well known area.
“The coffee you can get here is as good, if not better, than anything you can get from a cafe in Paddington.
But drawing in customers from both inside and outside the suburb has not been without it’s challenges.
“We’ve had to build a clientele but now we have a loyal following who are bringing their friends as well,” Ms Chee said.
“One thing that sets us apart from the inner-city places is we’re always approachable and we all feel like a family.
“It’s great to see cafes like ours appearing more and more across Brisbane.
Ms Chee said she expected interest in Upper Mount Gravatt would grow if the suburb continued to build up a reputation for coffee shops.