CLOSING: The owners of the Sandbar Cafe in Brunswick Heads, Joanne O'Meara and Rachael Smith are reluctantly closing their business. PHOTO: Christian Morrow
CLOSING: The owners of the Sandbar Cafe in Brunswick Heads, Joanne O'Meara and Rachael Smith are reluctantly closing their business. PHOTO: Christian Morrow

Iconic Sandbar Cafe to close

AFTER almost four years of operation the iconic Sandbar Cafe in Brunswick Heads will be closing next Saturday.

Over that time the three owners Sharon Gough, Joanne O'Meara and Rachael Smith transformed the struggling café into the thriving business.

Ms Smith said they were proud the Sandbar had become a favourite spot for locals.

"It made a quirky contribution to the Bruns cafe culture and was a venue for community events.

"I like to think we will be sorely missed around town.

"Sandbar is the only ones that made it work on the corner next to the pub in Bruns that was notorious for businesses not surviving."

"The building sold about a year ago and the new owners will be renovating the entire block, giving it a much needed face-lift and altering almost every aspect of the site.

"Sandbar will become a series of shop fronts and the swimming-pool will disappear to create space for an al fresco dining area."

The three owners started out as business partners but have since become firm friends.

"We shared a dream about what this place could become," said Ms O'Meara.

"We put a lot of blood sweat and tears into this and when we started the cafe was nothing.

"We wanted to go out on a high note."

"It's a shame we have to leave without even selling the business we have spent so much time building up."

"The secret of our success has been the brilliant staff, having a good menu with cheap prices and serving the best coffee in Brunswick Heads."

"I keep saying to myself, I can't wait to get out of here, but I know I will cry on the last day."

"I would also like to thank all our regular customers who took a chance on the little cafe on the jinxed corner of town."

"We will also be selling off everything at a reasonable price.


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