News

New coffee hot spot has Toowoomba talking

Ground Up Espresso Bar opened this week to rave reviews from Toowoomba coffee drinkers, much to the delight of staff including (front) Ryan Evans and (back, from left) Jeyan Chamanmah, Angela Knepscheld, Robert Johnson and Nathan Eshraghi.
Ground Up Espresso Bar opened this week to rave reviews from Toowoomba coffee drinkers, much to the delight of staff including (front) Ryan Evans and (back, from left) Jeyan Chamanmah, Angela Knepscheld, Robert Johnson and Nathan Eshraghi. Kevin Farmer

AN old storeroom in a sleepy Toowoomba laneway has been transformed into the city's latest coffee hot spot.

Ground Up Espresso Bar in Searle's Walk opened midweek to rave reviews from coffee-goers.

The Melbourne-style bar is decked out with recycled furniture, nestled amongst graffiti-decorated walls of the small alley off Ruthven St.

Housemates Ryan Evans, Nathan Eshraghi and Jeyan Chamanmah began building the business four months ago.

Jeyan and Nathan, both town planners, thought the space had a lot of potential.

They enlisted the help of Ryan, an electrician from the Gold Coast, to help start up the new business.

"We want it to be something different and liked the idea of creating something out of nothing," Ryan said.

"People can come in, feel welcome and feel the good vibes."

All three worked after work and on weekends to transform the space into a working coffee bar.

The risk seems to be paying off, with huge support for the new shop on its first three days of business.

"We've had line ups out the door," Ryan said.

"It's been a fun journey. And seeing the people so happy when they get their food or coffee is great."
 

 

Fast facts:

  • Ground Up Espresso Bar is open 7am to 3pm weekdays.
  • The bar serves gourmet baked goods as well as a selection of coffees and teas.
  • The space was an old storeroom that was completely restored over the space of four months.
  • Guilty Pleasure has proven a crowd favourite; the dish includes a warm croissant, Nutella and strawberries.

Topics:  coffee, ground up espresso bar, laneway




Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Prepare to pay more for your post

Ipswich post office refuses to pass on charge

Low speed internet a thing of the past

NBN's satellite network for regional and rural areas

Spectacular lightning show to cap off long summer

BOOM: Lightning strikes Minden on Monday night.

QT reader captures Minden lightning strikes

Latest deals and offers

ACF take Minister to Court

ACF chief executive Kelly O'Shanassy

The Australian Conservation Foundation go to court to stop Carmichael mine.

Dash Cam: Roo takes on car

Kangaroo leaps car.

Kangaroo could have kept going, jumps car instead.

Man allegedly reaches 182kmh

A REDBANK Plains man has been charged for dangerous driving and a number of other serious offences after allegedly reaching speeds of 182kmh on the Ipswich Motorway.

A REDBANK Plains man has been charged for dangerous driving and a number of other...

Demand for acreage lots pushes up property prices

Property values in Cooroy have increased 25%

Property values jump in Cooroy and Peachester.

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog

RBA warns of future apartment oversupply

Toowoomba: Crest Apartments and Burke & Wills, Ruthven Street ( view from Neil Street) Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

RBA says oversupply of apartments poses risk to household finances