Nu Orleans is partnering with Coles at Riverlink to supply free meals to customers at Christmas time. Coles Riverlink Store manager Andrew Holmes, Nu Orleans head chef/owner Prattana Buhagiar Nu Orleans manager Krystie Dale, Coles community support person Lorinda Risbey.
Nu Orleans is partnering with Coles at Riverlink to supply free meals to customers at Christmas time. Coles Riverlink Store manager Andrew Holmes, Nu Orleans head chef/owner Prattana Buhagiar Nu Orleans manager Krystie Dale, Coles community support person Lorinda Risbey. Rob Williams

Restaurant to offer community a free feed at Christmas

CONTINUING a tradition started by his wife eight years ago, Ipswich restaurateurs Warren and Prattana Buhagiar will offer a free meal to the community this Christmas.

Owners of the thriving Nu Orleans restaurant in Ipswich, the Buhagiars, will set up a free barbecue from 11am on Friday December 23, with the help of Coles in Ipswich.

"We started this when we owned a restaurant on the Gold Coast, we like to give something back to the community each year," Mr Buhagiar said.

"The plan is to set up a barbecue out the front, Coles is also supporting us, we will be cooking free hot dogs and drinks."

Mr Buhagiar said the idea started with his wife Prattana, who wanted to continue a Thai tradition of giving back to those who help you.

"Prattana said we needed to celebrate our success each year by doing something for others, and so the idea of the free barbecue was born.

"It is about an element of karma, you can't just keep taking from people, you must give something back."

Families could also bring a camera to grab a free photo with Santa, with a guaranteed appearance.

After many years on the Gold Coast, the Buhagiars moved to Ipswich to set up Nu Orleans, and said they have loved every moment.

"We are immersing ourselves in Ipswich, and we are loving the lifestyle."



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