iBar to serve up a buzz
PATRONS at the controversial iBar now have a new way of getting their buzz.
The former adult restaurant and bar in Tweed Heads, which once boasted lap dances and lingerie waitresses, have branched out with a drive-through coffee cafe to ‘complement’ the area.
They are billing it as the only one of its kind in Tweed Heads.
Barista Adrian Wight said they were trying to fit in with the new look of Jack Evans Boat Harbour, which is currently undergoing renovations.
“We had to come up with an idea that could bring us back into mainstream business. I think we’ve cracked it,” Mr Wight said.
“Other avenues just weren’t working and he had to change to fit in.”
The iBar, originally promoted as Australia’s only adult restaurant, was initially approved by the Tweed Shire Council to be used as a restaurant and bar in June 2005.
After mounting pressure from council and the public, lap dances were taken off the menu.
The lingerie waitresses soon followed.
Mr Wight said the decision to set up the drive-through coffee cafe came after the Tweed Tourism Information Centre opened next door.
“It was the plan from the beginning that when the new information centre opened we would change our approach and we thought this was the best way,” Mr Wight said.
“We’ve noticed a lot more people have been coming through the area lately, and this seemed like a great business idea.”
Mr Wight said business has slowly picked up since their new venture opened on Monday.
“So far we’ve had mostly taxi drivers and people driving to work in the morning come through. They tell us it has been very convenient,” he said.
Mr Wight said they will host a free coffee day next Thursday. “This will be our introduction to the area,” he said.
The iBar will continue to operate during the evenings as a bar and restaurant.