Michael and Mia Cox are excited about the reopening and new premises of Muddy Waters Cafe in the former Port Residence site.
Michael and Mia Cox are excited about the reopening and new premises of Muddy Waters Cafe in the former Port Residence site. Robyne Cuerel

Fresh start away from the mud of the river for cafe

AFTER five floods in three years, the owners of Maryborough's Muddy Waters Cafe have moved to a new home on higher ground to make a fresh start.

Michael and Mia Cox said they were excited to open for business on Monday in their new premises - the Customs House building on Wharf St, the former home of the Port Residence restaurant.

Aside from the original counter salvaged from their old location at the Mary River Marina, nearly all the furniture is brand new.

"We're not licensed at this stage and we're only doing lunch for now," Michael said.

"We're starting off slow. But we want to let everyone know we are back, that we are open."

The couple said customers can expect the same delicious menu as Muddy Waters Cafe, which they describe as modern Australian cuisine, featuring fresh, seasonal, local produce.

"We try to use as much local produce as possible," Mia said.

"Even our coffee is local. We've found a man in Hervey Bay who roasts his own beans. It's delicious."

Michael and Mia took over Muddy Waters Cafe three-and-a-half years ago and were flooded out five times in that period - most recently in February.

They are not too concerned about flooding at their new location - the Mary River would have to reach a height of 12m, close to the record flood of 1870 before it reached their new premises.

The restaurant is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 4pm.

For bookings or information, phonel 4121 5011.



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