Alowishus Delicious is enjoying the sweet taste of success after retaining their title as Countrywide Cafe of the Year.
The CBD cafe takes home a prize of $25,000, of which $5000 will be donated to each of Angels Community Group in Bundaberg and The Food Basket in Maryborough.
Owner Tracey McPhee and staff were ecstatic.
“That's for all of Australia! Feeling all the love from our incredible customers and friends who voted Alowishus Delicious again locally and this wouldn’t have happened without those votes from each one of you.
“We are so over the moon.”
Asked about tasting sweet success twice in a row and what her goal was for next year, Tracey said she's aiming to make it a hat-trick.
“We love the challenge; we’ll be back for a third attempt,” she said.
“There is no doubt any success our businesses enjoy is based on great staff and a great customer base.
“Quite simply we could not have won this award without that support from our loyal customers who voted in the competition.
“Our staff selection process identifies people who are a good fit with our team and importantly, who are a great fit with our customers.
“You need coffee machines and you need fridges but it is so important to have a great team and that is what we have here at Alowishus.”
Across the two cafes in Bundaberg and Maryborough, the business employs about 45 people with upwards of 35 working in Bundaberg.
“We don’t always get it right but we do strive for consistency in product and service delivery,” Tracey said.
“I believe we have built trust in the community and our continued involvement in the community does resonate with our customers.
“There were many people in the shop today when the win was announced and you could tell people were genuinely thrilled for us.”
- Alowishus Delicious strives to remain Cafe of the Year