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Finally, cafe set to reopen

Thursday, 15th June, 2017

Newly engaged couple Caitlyn Hickey and Daniel Powe make up two thirds of the trio who are set to reopen the Broken Earth Cafe, after they were officially awarded the contract.PICTURE: Daniel Stringer Newly engaged couple Caitlyn Hickey and Daniel Powe make up two thirds of the trio who are set to reopen the Broken Earth Cafe, after they were officially awarded the contract.PICTURE: Daniel Stringer

By Daniel Stringer

After being closed for over three years the Broken Earth Cafe is set to reopen as a cafe by day and a tapas bar by night. 

The Cafe had been on the market for over 18 months before the lease expired in March this year, when the Department of Lands took over the search for a new lessee.

After over two months the contracts have now been signed and the cafe’s doors will soon reopen again. 

Caitlin Hickey, along with her fiance Daniel Powe and father Jim Hickey are the new managers of the business, an opportunity Caitlin says has been a long time coming. 

“We first discussed it 12 to 18 months ago when all the plans came out and we were very interested, but obviously being a government property there was quite a process involved,” Caitlin Hickey told the BDT. 

“I used to work here a few years ago for two of the previous owners and hospitality is a passion of mine. 

“This is obviously the ideal location within Broken Hill and we thought of this as a good opportunity for us to set ourselves up and start to create a future here.”

Having previously operated as an a la carte style restaurant, the new managers will be making some immediate changes in regards to what is on the menu. 

“We want to turn it into a cafe with nice coffee and cakes during the day and easy and affordable cafe style meals,” Caitlin said. 

“At night we would like to do a wine bar with tapas on offer.”

Caitlin also says they want to incorporate more of the mining history into the business, as well as promote local produce.

“We want to take it back to that original mining memorial and stay true to why it was built in the first place.

 “We would like to bring in some local produce and things that are made within the community to try and promote the community as a whole and give people an opportunity to show off what they do.

“We would also like to bring in some mining stuff, so that people can learn about the history of Broken Hill and what has happened here.”

The race is now on for the trio to get the business up and running, with a lot of work still to be done before the customers come flooding in. At this stage Caitlin says they are looking at a timeframe of two months before the doors are reopened.

“We are looking at a timeframe of about two months, there is still a bit of work to do seeing as it has been left for the last couple of years with no maintenance.

“A lot of the work is going to be cleaning and updating, we would like to put in a new counter and really concentrate on getting the gift shop up and running.” 

There is one thing about the business that will never change however and it is what attracted Caitlin in the first place. 

“The view, I have worked in hospitality in both Australia and Canada and have worked in some pretty amazing places and this is still a view to die for.”  

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