Something feels so right about the newest café to open its doors in town.
Coast @ Lennox Head is a café /bar/restaurant, which is set to re-establish and reinvigorate the popular day time café spot, nestled so comfortably in the Boulevard courtyard (which it shares with Elders, Family Curry Hub, Florentina, Shortys, Lennox Hair and Baby Sesame.)
Coast is run by Libbe McWilliams-Gray and her husband Frank McWilliams.
Libbe is a qualified chef who learned her craft in her home country of the UK, where she cooked in and managed a range of eateries, from cafés and restaurants, to pubs and large delis. She also managed La Cucina Italian restaurant in Ballina.
Frank is a surfboard shaper and solar power sales consultant by trade, but he’s now added barista to his CV. And he’s a very good waiter too!!
But it’s all hands on deck at the moment, as Libbe’s parents who ran a pub in Cornwall for 12 years (where Libbe was head chef), have stepped in to help in the opening phase. Together, the family is breathing new life into this favourite, relaxed day-time hang.
Libbe says that they will be doing several things that will make Coast special. Firstly they make everything on premises and to order (except the bread), secondly the kitchen will be open all day, thirdly there is full table service as Frank and Libbe want their customers to feel relaxed and to be ‘waited on’ and not have to jump up and place their own orders, and lastly all produce will be locally sourced, fresh and seasonal.
‘We are using the Lennox Butcher and the Lennox Bakery, and Nixon Bulk Foods for all our seeds, nuts and grains and local honey,’ says Libbe, ‘and as far as we can, we will source everything from the local area.’
But, possibly the most unusual offering of all is Coast’s doggie menu, which offers a range of canine treats all served in special doggie bags.
Coast has a wonderful light airy feeling, which is enhanced by the display of colourful coastal art works (for sale) by Scott Christensen.
See the Coast ad on page 30.