Sugar Beat Cafe staff Dan Neuman, Kasey Brown, Shannon Armstrong, Mia Harris, Adam Housen and co-owner Barbara Halls.
Sugar Beat Cafe staff Dan Neuman, Kasey Brown, Shannon Armstrong, Mia Harris, Adam Housen and co-owner Barbara Halls. Craig Sadler/Tweed Daily News

Life's sweet for our coffee shops

THERE is no beating around the bush for Murwillumbah's Sugar Beat coffee shop.

The Commercial Road business along with Mount Warning's Mavis's Kitchen will show off their skills on an Australian-wide stage at the national Restaurant and Catering Awards for Excellence next month.

Sugar Beat is in the Best Coffee Shop category and Mavis's Kitchen in Best Cafe category.

The awards will be announced on October 19 at Parliament House, Canberra.

Sugar Beat co-owner Barbara Hails said it will be the biggest night in the cafe's five-year history.

“It's a very prestigious award in the hospitality industry. We're already so honoured with the Northern NSW and the regional awards,” Ms Hails said.

“We have a good team and this is a team award. They feel proud of themselves and rightfully so.”

The modest cafe does not promote their winnings too much, Ms Hails said.

“We have a few of the regulars who've seen the sticker on the wall and they are really happy for us. They feel part of it because they have always supported us,” she said.

Sugar Beat's first award was a Tweed Business Excellence (BEX) Award for best cafe from 2007.

“I think it's really good for Murwillumbah. It's considered a country town so for a business to be recognised like this is amazing.

“It's great for us and the town.”

Mavis's Kitchen co-owner Peter Clarke said he was impressed so many businesses from the Tweed were being recognised.

“We are really stoked, out of all the cafes in the area we were picked to represent the area,” Mr Clarke said.

“It's a team effort so it's thanks to everyone from the kitchen to the floor and we have to thank all the locals who have supported us all these years.”

Sugar Beat and Mavis's Kitchen both won the North Coast awards in their respected categories at the NSW Restaurant and Catering awards in June.



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