New cafe is a challenge

HELEN MURDOCH
Last updated 08:52 08/08/2013
Lisa Buchanan
HELEN MURDOCH
GATHERING PACE: Lisa Buchanan has been busy knocking her new cafe venue Sinful Coffee into shape ready for its opening on Monday.

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When Lisa Buchanan came back from Australia for her father's 70th birthday she had no idea she would end up opening her cafe in Richmond.

After 27 years in Australia, and the last three-plus running her former cafe in Mackay (also called Sinful Coffee), the former West Coaster did not think she would ever return to New Zealand.

"But Dad moved here and I needed a new challenge. Plus my family is here - which is just as well because I couldn't have opened this place without their help."

Richmond felt like the right place to open her unique brand of licensed coffee house-cum-venue in the former Miles of Food site in Petrie carpark, she said.

"There is room for me here. It's a great growth area, it felt like the area I wanted to be in - plus the council has been fantastic, the staff have really gone out of their way to help."

She said the cafe would not just be a place to enjoy freshly ground coffee and homemade food, but also a venue for parties, functions and meetings and a place where Lisa could help the community to fundraise for her pet charities - minority groups.

Guitars, a chessboard, a basket of knitting - all invite people to relax and participate while she concentrates on delivering great service, "the best coffee in New Zealand", and a range of homemade food made with love.

"Sinful Coffee is Mackay was very much a community hub. The staff and the customers had ownership and it attracted a real mix of customers. This will have that feel," she said of her new cafe.

Sinful will serve a range of accessible food and homemade condiments from early morning (and all day) breakfasts to evening platters for one or two people.

Fat black couches, throws, tables and chairs and partitions range around the cafe creating quiet areas and open gathering spaces.

Lisa said Sinful would be open seven days a week from 7.30am weekdays.

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