Dream coffee shop venture spices up Sean’s daily grind
SEAN Lynch has only owned The Grind for a few weeks, but already he's got big plans for its future.
Opened last year by his brother, the Yeppoon cafe has quickly become a haven for Coast coffee connoisseurs.
Getting into the cafe industry was something that's "been on the cards" for years, but Sean said it was just a matter of waiting for the perfect opportunity.
And Sean said he's found it at The Grind, despite living thousands of kilometres away.
In fact, he said it wasn't so different from home with a "funky fit-out" reminiscent of his native Melbourne's favourite cafes.
"We like the style of it, we like what it has to offer the town," Sean said.
Stepping away from the Victorian capital was a strategic move for Sean, who said Melbourne's cafe market was saturated and competitive.
"I feel a good vibe and a good buzz around (Yeppoon)," he said. "I think there's huge potential for growth in the hospitality industry in Yeppoon."
And while Sean has no plans to change The Grind's winning formula, he is looking to bring a touch of Melbourne to the Capricorn Coast.
Sean said he was in the process of applying for a liquor licence with hopes of adding a wine bar and craft beer to the store.
His other plans include late-night dining, live music and jam sessions with local musicians, dog areas outside and talking to council about installing bicycle racks.
"We want to help evolve and reshape the current mindset of dining out in Yeppoon," Sean said.
While it may be some time before Sean makes the move to the Capricorn Coast, he said The Grind team was doing a "terrific job".
"This is fairly new to us but we're very excited for the opportunity to grow and learn," Sean said. "We really look forward to working with the town in the future."