Bundaberg local Nerida Spoor is looking to build on the reputation and picturesque location of Bundaberg’s River Cruz Cafe.
Nerida and husband Keverne bought the business on 1 August and Nerida said she looks forward to refurbishing parts of the popular riverfront cafe.
She said the update will start with a new menu.
“I’ve got great plans for the shop and that will start with a new menu starting on Monday, 7 September,” she said.
“It’ll be a nice relaxed menu and on weekends we’ll probably do a smorgasbord breakfast.”
Nerida said a repaint was something she had wanted to get under way since buying the cafe, but initially she'll focus on some homely changes to make the cafe more welcoming and inviting.
Having known the location and the business previously, Nerida said the opportunity was too good to let pass.
“I had already planned to do another cafe in the main street, but when this came on the market, I said no we have to come to the river,” she said.
“It’s such a peaceful spot and I just think it’s so relaxing.
“I was really after a cafe that I could make into a relaxed atmosphere to come to work to, and for patrons to sit and forget about any worries they have.
“That's what River Cruz Cafe does. You can have a coffee, bring your dog down and then go for a walk along the boardwalk. It’s really something for everyone.”
Nerida and Keverne previously owned the Brumby’s bakeries in Bundaberg, and their late son Nathan was known for owning the popular ‘Rise the Bakehouse'.
She said it’s been lovely to return to the Bundaberg cafe scene and see familiar faces.
“We’ve been here for 35 years and been in business in Bundaberg for quite some time,” she said.
“It’s been really lovely to come back and see all the old customers and even see a lot of our friends from Biloela where we have another cafe come down.
“Everyone has been so supportive too and it’s just so lovely to see our old customer base we had; they're not only our customers, but our friends and we treat each customer as a friend.”