Iconic cafe watched town grow
GLENDON Street Cafe owner Dawn Wolski is proud to be based in Kingaroy for many reasons, but the reason that stands out for her is that she watched the town grow.
“I’ve been here 26 years and when I came here, there was no McDonalds, there was no KFC, no roundabout or traffic lights,” she said.
“All the shops were full in Kingaroy Street, and at 4am it was a beautiful place, looking crisp and lean, and it was only tiny.”
Ms Wolski said that over this time she watched it grow massively, as well as watching it decline.
“When we had the recession, we had about 43 businesses shut their doors. People really struggled, but that’s when the community really hung together,” she said.
“The more shops that were shutting, the more people went to support the town.”
According to Ms Wolski, she’s found when she makes an effort to support local causes, people return the loyalty.
“It’s gone in a really big circle of everyone trying to help each other out,” she said.
With the support of the community, Ms Wolski was able to grow her cafe to the iconic eatery it is today.
“When I bought this place, it had three tables around the shop. We then got a footpath license, and years later we put in a dining room,” she said.
“If it wasn’t for the customers and more and more customers coming in, we wouldn’t have grown to the size we are today.”
Ms Wolski said she appreciated the support so much that on the Glendon Street Cafe’s 10th birthday, they made an event free for the community.
“I put in rides, jumping castles and face painting for the kids out here in the parking lot, and everything was free for people to enjoy,” she said.
“I saw that 10 years of being in business wouldn’t be possible without the customers, so it was my way of saying thank you.”