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by Maureen Durney (subscribe)
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Published May 7th 2019
We watched, waited, and wondered - then Cafe 81 was born
Your local cafe is your safe haven. It's easy to get to; you know the staff; and they know you. But what happens when the staff you know so well - L-E-A-V-E! Yep - it's a scary thought. But this is what happened when Re: Cafe Nate - became Cafe 81.

After more than six years of brewing the best coffee in the neighbourhood (and beyond), Josh and Deslie (and Don) moved on to another exciting phase in their lives.

What happened to our local cafe?

Re: Cafe Nate evolved into Cafe 81!

Same location - just different name, owner and staff.

It isn't easy stepping into somebody else's shoes, especially in a small community. And especially when the previous owner had such a dedicated following.

How Did That Work Out?

When Josh decided to move on to the new phase of his life, he put a For Sale sign out the front of Re: Cafe Nate. His band of loyal, local supporters watched, waited, and wondered.

Who would buy our local cafe? Would the coffee still be as good? Will it still feel like our local cafe? What about the food?

Locals? What Locals?

The fans of Re:Cafe Nate ranged from:
  • seniors from the Retirement Village nearby
  • strapping young (and not-so-young) Tradies
  • mums and their toddlers
  • staff from nearby establishments
  • tourists passing through town
  • out-of-towners who stopped in once, and came back often

  • There was a constant stream of customers - all coming for different reasons. Some to relax over a coffee, others to buy a quick meal on the run.

    Re: Cafe Nate one day - Cafe 81 the next

    Kristy bought the cafe, closed it for a few days, and reopened on the 20th August 2018.

    Cafe 81,coffee,lunch,breakfast,Kristy
    Kristy - the owner of Cafe 81

    The decor is pretty much the same. The fabulous coloured panels of timber still adorn the walls.

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    The timber panels add a rustic charm

    Bright blue chairs now add a splash of colour and complement the green foliage that surrounds a corner of the courtyard. And there is plenty of parking at the back (entrance on Golden Links Drive), and some at the front (Byangum Road).

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    The blue chairs provide a splash of colour

    Is Cafe 81 the same as Re:Cafe Nate?

    And it shouldn't be.

    Kristy, the owner of Cafe 81, has retained some of the old, and added something new. The menu now reflects Kristy's personality and skills.

    There's an all-day breakfast selection, for late starters like me, and plenty of selections for lunch.

    The menu includes, but is not limited to (items and prices are relevant at time of writing):
  • Toasted sourdough with Ricotta, Banana, Honey & Pistachio - $9.00 (my favourite)
  • Toasted Sourdough with Avocado, Tomato & Scrambled Eggs - $13.00 (everybody else's favourite)
  • Pie & Chips (& Gravy) - these are home-made pies - $8.50
  • Filo Quiche - served with salad $8.50 or with chips (add $2.00)
  • 81 Burger - Beef Patty, Lettuce, Tomato, Beetroot, Cafe 81 BBQ onion relish, on a toasted Turkish roll - $8.50
  • Pancakes - 3 large fluffy pancakes, served with butter & syrup - $7.00

  • And the list goes on....

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    These look, and tasted fantastic!

    Cafe 81,breakfast,sourdough,banana,pistachio,honey,
    This is my favourite breakfast!

    Items on the menu, and most of the cakes in the showcase, are home-made. Kristy obviously loves cooking and baking.

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    Coffee and cake - perfect for a catch-up with friends

    Since the cafe is now open on Monday nights for meals, I stopped by recently and tried a Vegetarian Filo Pastry. The first surprise was how big it was, and the second surprise was how good it tasted. I was in a rush between meetings and activities, and being able to stop by for a quick meal was super-convenient. It's best to call ahead to pre-order on a Monday night.

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    Find Cafe 81 on Facebook for the latest menu (image from Cafe 81 Facebook Page)

    Cafe 81,dinner,Monday night,
    You need to pre-order for dinner on Monday night...

    So What Happened to the Locals?

    The retirees who want somewhere to meet friends for a coffee or lunch are still there.

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    Local retirees ponder the menu

    Mums still arrange play-dates for their little ones while they enjoy a well-deserved coffee break.

    Cafe 81,play-date,toddlers,coffee,mums,
    Future contenders for MKR?

    Tradies still call in for a breakfast on-the-run, or take a burger-break at lunchtime.

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    For when the weather is hot and your thirst is real...

    Staff from local businesses can still be seen rushing back to work with a tray full of Lattes.

    How's the coffee?...

    One of the best decisions Kristy made when opening Cafe 81, was to continue brewing coffees with Dancing Bean coffee beans. In my opinion, they are the best coffee beans on the planet!
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    Starting with the right beans makes a great coffee!

    Where is Cafe 81?

    You will find Cafe 81 on the corner of Byangum Road and Golden Links Drive, Murwillumbah.
    Cafe 81,Byangum Road,Golden Links Drive,Murwillumbah
    On the corner of Byangum Rd and Golden Links Drive
    If you find the Golf Course, you're not far from Cafe 81. Just look for the big green and yellow banners on Byangum Road. There's a ramp down from Byangum road, or you can take the seventeen-steps. And there are only a couple of steps up if you park out the back.
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    Just look for the banners on Byangum Road

    And the verdict is?

    Some things have changed, but the feeling that Cafe 81 is still our local, lives on. You can find Cafe 81 (Murwillumbah) on Facebook. Oh, and don't forget to hit the 'Follow' button and turn on notifications. That way, you will never miss one of the specials that are often advertised.

    And if you are not a local, why not make a day of it? Call in for breakfast at Cafe 81, and then check out all that Murwillumbah has to offer.

    I know you'll love it here... we do!

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    Why? Great coffee and delicious food at budget prices
    When: Monday-Friday (7.00am-3.00pm); Monday evening (5.30-7.30); Saturday (7.00am-12.00 noon)
    Phone: 0437-481-281
    Where: 2 Golden Links Drive, Murwillumbah (Corner of Golden Links Drive and Byangum Road) Murwillumbah
    Cost: Various costs but very inexpensive
    Your Comment
    Wow.. Great story. Will have to visit M one day and visit Cafe 81. Congrats on your reward.
    by Di Hill (score: 2|579) 894 days ago
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