Ros Bowes takes a breather on a busy Friday afternoon at Blue Truffle Gourmet Deli on East St.
Ros Bowes takes a breather on a busy Friday afternoon at Blue Truffle Gourmet Deli on East St. Chris Ison

New cafe proof that business is bouncing along in Rocky

BUSINESS was bustling when The Morning Bulletin called into Rockhampton's Blue Truffle Gourmet Deli on Friday afternoon to have a chat to owner Ros Bowes.

"It usually quietens down by now. That's why I said come after lunch," Ros said as she rushed off to serve another customer.

However, once the lull came, Ros sat down for a chat, ironically about how well business seems to be doing in central Queensland.

Originally from Sydney, Ros bought Blue Truffle when she moved to Rockhampton with her husband who was offered a job here.

"I saw there was a niche for a deli in Rockhampton and had a hunch it would work. We had fresh food and a different looking menu with all our food made in-house.

"We have a lot of Coeliac customers and have a good gluten free menu and cater for vegetarians," Ros said.

Blue Truffle will celebrate its one year anniversary next month, and because it was a new business, Ros said she had expected an upward trend in turnover - but perhaps not to the extent they had experienced recently.

"You always get a down day and you want to know why, but we have been trending upwards - and as it is a new business you would expect that but in saying that, weekends are always busy and people don't seem to be shy of spending money," she said.

Ros said the feeling in Rockhampton was that businesses were doing well and people were spending more money.

She said most visitors loved the main street and felt like they were in a town with a heart.

"I'd love to see the empty shops in East St full, and I think rent needs to be considered...I think we could handle more eateries," she said.



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