New owners have high hopes for Utopia
UTOPIA has long been known for its unwavering passion for good food and a knack for satisfying the early-morning coffee-goers and weekend brunch enthusiasts.
The café has become a much-loved beacon within the community, and its new owners are intent on upholding the legacy its previous operators instilled.
The cafe has undergone a variety of changes in the two-decades since opening, but new owner Josh Lee said he and his co-owners had big plans for the establishment.
Joshua and Hannah Lee, along with Daniel and Mary Huskisson took over the business on November 1, after months of deliberation.
Many were concerned the cafe would close its doors in July, but previous owner, Wayne Evans, was adamant he'd find a suitor.
The group of four South Burnett residents all have experience in business management or hospitality, and were all avid Utopia supporters before they took on the business.
"For us, if we didn't already love this cafe, it wouldn't have been on the cards," Mr Lee said.
"I've personally loved this cafe for a very long time.
"I'm a barista and I'm very picky about my coffee. I have a coffee van and can make it anytime I want, but the one place I always went to for a good coffee was Utopia. So it only make sense to buy a cafe in town where I knew the coffee was good and the food was good.”
Mr Lee said the foursome hadn't made any big exterior changes straight away, but customers would see a couple of changes over time.
Since opening last week, the group has made the decision to close on Sundays, open Mondays and implement earlier hours for the morning work crowd.
Long term, the group plan to completely change the look of the cafe, as well as introduce new cakes and slices and open on Sundays and Thursday nights.
"Taking over the cafe was a good opportunity to move forward and do something we're passionate about.
"We love serving people, we love good food and coffee and everything that comes with it.”
Utopia is open Monday to Friday from 6am-4pm, and Saturdays from 6am-2pm and can be phoned on 4162 3828.
*The cafe is running a competition in conjunction with Bonny's Barista Basics for customers to win a tour of the roaster that supplies Utopia with its coffee. See in store for details.