Business booming for Coast eateries
BUSINESS is booming on the Gold Coast with multiple restaurants opening their doors around the region in the last few months.
The Gold Coast’s economic performance is reportedly far above other areas of Queensland, as Harbour Town’s new eating precinct and Coomera Westfield also bringing new restaurants.
City Councillor Gail O’Neill said she had noticed the trend and hoped it would continue, noting new businesses across Burleigh and much of the southern Gold Coast.
“Even in Coolangatta we’ve had a few ones open in just the last couple months so I think it’s a really good sign that we’re alive and kicking,” she said.
“I just think we’re a wonderful place but I am biased of course. I did hear recently a lot of people come from down south around this time of year and buy property so that might have something to do with it as well.”
And business success in the area isn’t limited to just economics, as a Surfers Paradise cafe has taken home more than a dozen medals at the world’s largest coffee roasters competition.
Paradox Coffee Roasters won a total of 14 medals, including a gold medal for its Organic Purple Rain Espresso blend, at the Golden Bean Awards.
The event is aimed at finding Australia’s best coffee roasting business across 10 award categories including Decaffeinated, Milk Based Latte and Organic Espresso.
The cafe has been running for just over four years, and operations manager James McKenney says they have their customers to thank for the success.
“The awards are judged by a room full of coffee snobs, people who know coffee and have a different palate than someone who’ll just walk into a cafe,” he said.
“So we’ve always tried to strike a balance between coffee that’s really progressive, specialty or artisan without excluding people.
“This competition solidified it for us that we can create stuff that people want to buy that will also win awards.”
But Mr McKenney said they were not content just to try for 15 medals next time.
“Our next target is to win overall, which essentially means you win across the three primary categories, which are espresso, milk based and filter,” he said.
“We won silver in two of them but we’re getting quite close to becoming the overall winners.”
James McKenney with one of the 14 medals Paradox Coffee Roasters scored at the Golden Bean Awards placing the Surfers Paradise cafe among the best in the country.