Marisa Kent is setting up at the Tannum Sands Surf Club to serve lunch and coffee.
Marisa Kent is setting up at the Tannum Sands Surf Club to serve lunch and coffee. Brenda Strong

Tannum surf club extends hours to build a cafe culture

THE staff at Tannum Sands Surf Club have been busy after the introduction of new opening hours last week.

Answering a need in the community for some cafe culture, manager Marisa Kent said the upstairs restaurant had expanded its services.

"We already do meals Thursday, Friday nights and Sunday lunches. But we're expanding to coffees and lunches during the week, just so people have somewhere to go," she said.

"There's a cappuccino machine and cakes. We're open at 9am all the way though.

"They can come up and have a coffee, and sit on the veranda. You know you've got the best view in town."

Ms Kent said the club also had a fresh new look to entice locals.

"(The club has) just been refurbished, so we've had all new furniture and it's been painted and new floor coverings," she said.

Ms Kent said the club was built about 1960 and was there primarily to serve the community.

"We raise the money so we can give it to the actual lifesaving club, so they can buy what they need," she said.

A challenge will be changing the perception of the restaurant as being for members only.

"I think a lot of people forget that we're there, and that's our own fault too. We haven't been big on advertising," Ms Kent said.

"We're at that stage now of getting it (the word) out there."

The business focuses on functions, taking into consideration its residential surroundings.

"We can't have concerts or things like that because of the noise," Ms Kent said.

"We have private functions - we're nearly booked out a year in advance. We have weddings, parties, Christmas functions."

Ms Kent said she hoped the new venture would be a success.

"It's a bit scary but exciting at the same time," she said.

"We're giving the town something. I just hope they support it."

 

OPENING HOURS

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: Bar from 3.30pm

Wednesday: 9am-7pm

Thursday: 9am-9pm

Friday: 9am-midnight

Saturday: closed, private functions only

Sunday: 7am-late afternoon



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