NEEDS MET: Kelly O’Brien and Amanda Elisaia take care of customers at the Tarampa General Store and Takeaway.
NEEDS MET: Kelly O’Brien and Amanda Elisaia take care of customers at the Tarampa General Store and Takeaway. Rob Williams

Big burgers bring big city diners

BIG burgers and spectacular service are what has kept Tarampa General Store in business.

Vintage posters on the walls, an old-fashioned lolly bar and the smell of Sunday roast - all add to the country charm of the picturesque corner store.

Owner Amanda Elisaia said the quality of their food was what had kept the shop going for the past five and a half years.

"We are well-known for having the biggest burgers; people come from Brisbane for them," she said.

"We make the burgers a decent size - you go to fast food restaurants and their burgers keep getting smaller so we thought, why not make ours bigger?

"We just started a pizza oven that's been very popular; we crumb and batter our own fish and all our produce is sourced locally, that's what sets us apart."

The general store sources all of its meat from local butchers, its bread from nearby bakeries and uses fresh fruit and vegetables from farms in the area.

"Business has been pretty good. You just have to try and meet the customers' needs," Ms Elisaia said.

"People still need corner stores like ours; you don't get personalised service at bigger shops.

"We have a lot of regulars here - we can start making their coffee order before they even walk in the door."

Manager Kelly O'Brien has brought the corner store into the 21st century by continually posting information and photos on the store's Facebook page.

"The support on Facebook has also been good. We have 676 likes on the page and we have an app people can use to find out more about the store," she said.

"It's a really good way to let people know what we're doing.

"I don't think corner stores are a thing of the past. Although larger companies have big buying power, we have more one-on-one personal service."

The Tarampa General Store is open every day and encourages customers to dine-in and enjoy its country hospitality.



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