Gail Endres, Davina Marren and Leanne Macklin in the new cafe on Kent St while artist Willy Paes puts the finishing touches to the artwork.
Gail Endres, Davina Marren and Leanne Macklin in the new cafe on Kent St while artist Willy Paes puts the finishing touches to the artwork. Alistair Brightman

New cafe on track for opening and offering training

FRASER Coast Catering opens Trax Cafe and Bar in Maryborough on Monday, after a half-a-million-dollar renovation.

Owner Leanne Macklin said the building had been fitted with an industrial and railway theme, paying homage to the cafe's history and location.

"It has an artificial beam, a shipping container, my father's 50-year-old building plank as a bench top, my husband Neil's dad's old ladder used to suspend the menu boards and pallet light fittings and seating," she said.

"We wanted to get a real feel of the theme."

Ms Macklin said she had also applied for sidewalk seating, a liquor licence and took part in the council's beautification scheme.

"It's all been painted up top," she said.

"We've tried to bring it back to its original glory."

Ms Macklin said she would be serving a cross-section of food and introducing gluten-free and vegan products.

Gail Endres from Fraser Coast Training Employment Support Service she was excited to be working in partnership with the business.

Students from the TESS SEE Hospitality program will be able to gain real-world experience during their course at the cafe.

"The program offers professional industry training, including transferable skills into the business and retail industries, to maximise employment opportunities," Ms Endres said.

The course begins on October 27. For more information, phone Gail on 0447 224 004.

Trax Cafe and Bar is at 273 Kent St, Maryborough and for more details, phone 0409 298 476.



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