Café 43 offers free QT to early birds
IN JUST seven weeks, a young business owner has turned a failing Thai restaurant into a quirky new café that is quickly gaining popularity.
Ipswich local Brian Thongthip said he worked extremely hard to get the new Café 43 up and running for their grand opening last Saturday.
"I ended up sleeping here a few times. We worked very long hours to get everything right," he said.
"I bought the business about a year ago and it wasn't working so I thought we have to change this.
"I've been in hospitality all of my life and I was ready to be my own boss."
The 27-year-old said his younger sister helped him design the café's unique new menu.
"It's taken us three or four revisions to get it right but now we have a simple, fresh menu that people seem to love," Mr Thongthip said.
"We've got a few Thai-inspired items on the menu like our Pad Thai burger and chocolate spring rolls which have given us a niche.
"Everything is sourced locally. We get our meat, fruit and vegetables from the area.
"We also sell local jam we source from the markets at Booval. We are aiming to get free wifi and we have toy boxes and chalk boards for the kids.
"We want to make the café really family friendly."
Mr Thongthip said he was also looking for work by local artists to display at the newly renovated business.
Customers who stop by the café early can also receive a free QT with their coffee.
For more visit Café 43 located at 130 Brisbane St, Booval or head to facebook.com/cafe43booval