Jamaica Blue makes it coffee franchise No.5 at Riverlink
THE proliferation of cafes across the city has continued, with the Riverlink Shopping Centre boasting the first Jamaica Blue franchise for Ipswich.
Despite being relative newcomers to Ipswich, franchisees Laura Toohey and Aaron McCabe said they fell in love with the city after moving here more than two years ago.
Their plans to leave their very different regular jobs on hold and start a cafe were only made after visiting another Jamaica Blue franchise in Toowoomba and enjoying the table service while eating out on an overseas trip.
"We both just wanted a new venture," Ms Toohey said.
"After travelling, we thought there was nowhere that we knew back here where you could get good table service at a cafe. I never really liked having to line up at the counter."
Table service has only just been introduced across the newly established Jamaica Blue franchises.
Aside from Ipswich, there are only three Jamaica Blue outlets in the region, including two in Toowoomba and one at Indooroopilly.
Ms Toohey said she hoped the service, combined with the relaxed, Caribbean theme would sit well with Ipswich diners.
Feedback has been good so far, with the majority of customers coming for the breakfast coffee fix and returning for lunch.
The addition of Jamaica Blue means there are now five coffee franchises at Riverlink alone.
Ms Toohey said she believed there was enough business to go around, especially with the opening of the Limelight Cinema complex.
"When we found out about the cinemas coming, we knew this was the right time," she said.