WARM DRINKS: Alba Conti and Kerry Howe have reopened the coffee shop at the Visitor Information Centre, and will be offering some extra special drinks.
WARM DRINKS: Alba Conti and Kerry Howe have reopened the coffee shop at the Visitor Information Centre, and will be offering some extra special drinks. Liana Walker

Bright, new VIC cafe reopens

IMAGINE watching the sun shine over Quart Pot Creek while enjoying a warm cup of coffee on another perfect day in Stanthorpe.

It's a moment locals and regular visitors used to enjoy while stopping in at the Visitor Information Centre until the cafe inside closed down.

Now, years later, that moment is back thanks to Alba Conti and Kerry Howe reopening the coffee shop.

The co-owners plan to make the cafe a go-to spot for tourists and locals alike to stop, relax and enjoy the surroundings.

"Sitting outside with the creek view is absolutely superb and to die for, the position is just magnificent,” Ms Conti said.

"It's not only for the tourists it's also for the locals.

"There has been a lot of locals who have come here regularly for a coffee, we're hoping to bring them back in again.”

Alongside the new brightly coloured decor of the cafe are some brightly coloured hot drinks.

"We have an array of different types of teas, you can have turmeric lattes, beetroot lattes and matcha lattes, which nobody else was doing,” Ms Conti said.

The duo will be serving a small home-baked menu including cakes, pies, sandwiches and quiches.

The cafe also stocks products from local producers including jams, larders, honey and vinegar.

Although both owners have prior hospitality experience, this is the first time either have run a cafe.

Ms Howe said the pair weren't just trying to recreate what previous owners had done with the place.

"This is our own sort of thing,” Ms Howe said.

"We're both home cooks so that's what we're doing,” Ms Conti added.

"We're always open to suggestions, we have a suggestion box so people can put in their little say.”

The main concept behind the cafe was to have be a relaxing spot to stop by and enjoy a drink and a small snack.

"It's just a stop breathe and enjoy,” Ms Howe said.

"It's a beautiful view out there, it's nice to just sit and breathe,” Ms Conti added.

"Because it's an outside area people can come with their dogs too and sit outside the creek.”

The cafe has been open since mid-last week with the owners still finding their feet. They both look forward to feeling comfortable running the story and having a regular patronage.

The cafe will be open seven days a week from 9am-4pm.