The Chat Room cafe now open and welcome to all
IT'S been a long time coming, but as of Monday, The Chat Room Cafe will open its doors.
The controversial project has had setbacks in the past three years, but manager and chef Allan Kemp is ready for the business to kick off.
The cafe, on the corner of Bolsover and Stanley sts, is set to cater for the entire public; from those financially struggling to people looking for a healthier lunch option.
"We want to let people know that it's not a homeless shelter; it's a socially sustainable enterprise, the cafe pays bills and taxes but has a charitable element to it," Allan said.
The cafe will be running a Suspended Coffee system which will see tokens purchased for food or coffee that can be redeemed at a later date.
Allan, 23, who has created the cafe's menus, said they would have a community lunch on offer everyday for $4.
But their menu will range from $4 to $15 meals, and offer healthy alternatives.
"We have healthier options than your standard takeaway and still have the fast service," Allan said.
The cafe has been a project of Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow for years, and Allan is excited to finally see it come to light.
Allan met Cr Strelow through church and said that was when he first became involved in the cafe.
"I've been involved for over three years now and if anyone's been waiting for it to open, it's me," he said.
WHAT THEY SERVE
- $5 grab n go lunches (salads and sandwiches)
- $4 community lunch
- Open grill
- Drinks/ coffees