'Aussie Rob' serving up cafe-bar
SHOWING his confidence in the local economy, businessman “Aussie Rob” Wilson has invested more than $300,000 refurbishing and fitting out a new cafe and bar in Pialba.
“There’s 50,000 people that live here that have to eat and drink somewhere,” he said.
“I want to make it attractive so they want to eat and drink here.
“It’s amazing, we’ve got two extremes of demographics.
“We’ve got the 40- to 60-year-olds that just want somewhere nicer to hang out and so many of the younger ones have said: Oh cool, this is really good, we can come and hang out here before we go to the nightclub.”
Urban Cafe and Bar at Fraser Shores Shopping Centre on Boat Harbour Drive opens at 7am on Monday after a two-month refurbishment including the installation of aluminium shutters enclosing an outdoor bar and dining area and a pizza oven.
Mr Wilson said they had only kept two things from the existing business – the coffee machine and the cold room.
He was inspired to open the upmarket but casual cafe and bar to add more variety to the food choices available in Hervey Bay and to establish a vibrant and funky bar.
“We really want to give a big city atmosphere to country towns,” Mr Wilson said.
He said the Pialba establishment would be his flagship and he planned to build a franchise chain of Urban Cafe and Bars around the state.
When asked if he had experience running cafes, Mr Wilson said he had experience eating in them all around the world.
“My wife Kerry and I have been to just over 60 different countries now, so we’ve eaten at a lot of different places and that’s how we’ve designed our menu – we’ve taken food that we absolutely love and applied that here,” he said.
Mr Wilson said they would serve the usual cafe fare but their specialty would be duck and lychee pizza.
He said he had just received liquor licence approval for his second Urban Cafe and Bar on The Esplanade at Scarness and he planned to open it after a refurbishment expected to take about two months.