Bacon and eggs on Royal Doulton
MANAGER Dawn Jeffery believes the Main Beach Kiosk at Yamba must be the only one of its type in the country to serve bacon and egg rolls on Royal Doulton crockery.
As the tourist numbers at Yamba’s most popular beach soar, most are happy to stroll out of the ocean and have a meal without getting out of their swimmers from 8 o’clock in the morning.
On New Year’s Day, the kiosk served 98 bacon and egg rolls in two hours. Yesterday, staff made 55 coffees by early afternoon, proving the kiosk is in just the right location for Yamba’s burgeoning summer season.
When the tenure came up last year on the kiosk, Gordon Smith jumped at the chance but the timing on some preliminary works were a bit off.
“We’d just painted the floor when the May floods hit and we got hammered,” he said.
The kiosk has since been gutted, repainted and equipment such as a ‘very good’ espresso machine added to make it a fully functioning cafe.
Mr Smith ran a catering business in Sydney for 30 years – hence the Royal Doulton plates.
He said that through the winter months staff were able to cook up locally caught jewfish and serve sushi rolls, but with tourist time peaking, most customers were families wanting chips and drinks.
“In winter the locals got to know us and it operated more like a cafe,” he said.
Last week brought crowds of up to 1200 to the beach daily and many hung around to feast on burgers and wedges.
The addition of tables, chairs and umbrellas soon had people ringing up the surf club asking if they could ‘book a table’ for lunch.
“But we’re strictly first in, first served,” Ms Jeffery said.
But with the whole of Main Beach in front of it, the kiosk will never really run out of ‘seats’.