High flyers enjoy cuppa with newly opened Coffee Club
CAFE culture in Gladstone is evolving and the Coffee Club is working hard to keep up.
Owner Salesh Ramswarup has just finished renovating his NightOwl Centre cafe and opened a second franchise at the airport a fortnight ago.
Business has been booming for the cafe with the cafe at the NightOwl Centre churning out 400 coffees a day.
Mr Ramswarup said since opening the Coffee Club eight years ago, the cafe culture in Gladstone had been on the rise.
"When I first came to Gladstone I tried to have breakfast on a Sunday and the only place that was open was McDonald's," Mr Ramswarup said.
"Now people have got a place to go that's comfortable and relaxing with a good atmosphere."
Now there are even more options for coffee lovers with the airport Coffee Club open. Mr Ramswarup said he wanted people to know they did not need a boarding pass to go get a coffee or a light meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Open from 6am until the last flight, Mr Ramswarup said the cafe got busier every day.
Frequent flyers would be happy to hear if a flight is delayed, the Coffee Club stays open.
"As long as there are flights around we are open."
NightOwl Centre Coffee Club duty manager Deborah Peut said customers and staff alike had been enjoying the renovation work.
"It just looks so fresh and clean," Ms Peut said.
"Everything was getting old and rundown."
As well as a paint job, a new design and all new furniture, there are two new coffee machines and a new cafe work bench.
After just a week of being open since the renovations, Ms Peut said the new coffee machines had been well and truly broken in. "They get plenty of use," she said.
Mr Ramswarup said he decided to get the renovations done because he liked to keep up with the cafe scene around the world.