Cafe beats a path to mall
THE Busy Beat cafe has closed its Brisbane St doors for the final time ahead of a move to a more central location in the Ipswich City Mall.
The closure was forced by the pending demolition and redevelopment of the Brisbane St and Bell St corner of Ipswich City Square, but Busy Beat staff are keen to use the move as an opportunity to improve their location and services.
Community services team leader Timothy Hope said Busy Beat would experience a short hiatus before reopening in the mall, to allow for a fit-out of a state-of-the-art kitchen.
Mr Hope said the new site would hopefully open around mid-December, and would coincide with the launch of an exciting new summer menu.
"Because we will have an updated kitchen, the menu will expand - we will be able to prepare fresh salads and pastas on a made-to-order basis," Mr Hope said. "I feel that there's a real space for fresh, healthy food in the Ipswich market, and the move will really take the menu to another level."
Mr Hope said the move would also help to deliver a new, improved dining experience to residents.
"It is a smaller space, but we'll be able to do al fresco dining," Mr Hope said.
"We will also have a full takeaway menu - my dream is to be able to sell food for people to take and have picnics on the lawn space in the mall."
Mr Hope said he was looking forward to attracting more business in the mall location.
"We want to be part of reviving the mall, and we want to help make a difference to the community. We love the space and we want to see it utilised."
He said that keeping meals affordable was an important consideration.
"We will always have something where you can come in and have lunch for less than $10," Mr Hope said. "But we also plan to have some options ranging up to $20 to $30 - menu items that are up to a high-class restaurant standard."