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Coastal Kelham: Australian-inspired cafe bar to open on Alma Street

The owners of popular Dore restaurant Peppercorn have upped sticks and moved to Kelham Island, with the plan of opening an Australian-inspired café bar on Alma Street.


The husband and wife team of Charlie Curran and Kelly Ware came up with the idea after visiting Charlie’s children in Noosa – a resort area on the Sunshine Coast in Australia. “We went over in January of last year and were inspired by the food and coffee culture over there,” Kelly said. “It’s the most stunning place. Noosa won’t be full English breakfasts – it’s going to be brunch, lunch, eggs benny, granola and fresh juices.”

Noosa will be opening next door to Kelham Island Brewery, where burger joint Urban Social used to be. “At the moment it’s quite dark and industrial in the building. We’re going to brighten it up once we get the keys. The plan is to open early with breakfast and brunch until 4pm, then the after-work drinkers can come in and have a glass of wine or prosecco – we might have a few bar snacks too. Then hopefully we’ll stay open as a bar after 8pm!”

Kelly and husband Charlie have had the perfect test run for Noosa – they had their wedding reception at the venue last month! “We got the keys on Boxing Day so we’ve been in and had a good look around, but we’re still waiting to complete the process. It can definitely take a party though, that’s for sure!”


Noosa Café Bar is opening soon, but for now head to instagram.com/noosacafebar for updates.




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