Big plans perking for Danny
IT MAY look like a worn warehouse from the outside but there's plenty going on behind the blue and white corrugated walls at the corner of River and Taloumbi Sts, Maclean.
With a newly approved development application and plans set to go, espresso Botero co-owner Danny Young said the business was taking the next steps to expanding.
Now housed in the smaller building beside the warehouse, the coffee bar will move into its new, more roomy quarters on the corner.
"We hope to have it open by the end of the year," Mr Young said. "The council has been incredibly supportive."
After that will come the coffee academy, hopefully by mid-next year. His love of coffee has spurred him on to educate others in the craft. "It's a very transient type of position, most people (make coffee) to earn a buck while they are training for something else," he said.
"It's more than just a training trade, I see it as career."
Espresso Botero employs about 18 people, some full-time and some part-time, but Mr Young said he hoped when the new expanded business and academy were fully functioning, they would employ up to 30.
He said he hoped this would contribute to creating a culture at Maclean.
There's more on the cards for espresso Botero but for now Mr Young is holding his cards close to his chest.