4 days to go – long weekend, market day in Nati on Sunday … baptism by fire ! Should be great!
The Natimuk Cafe has now been sold. This weekend just gone, 26/27/28th May was our last in management. Yes, it happened all so very quickly that I never got around to updating the blog – only Facebook. This will probably be the last post or update to the website/blog. I have included the more recent posts on the announcement to sell and our last days in management. Once again, huge and heartfelt thanks to our staff over the three years, a number who were still with us as we turned the key for the last time. Good news is that they will continue to work with the new owners Leeanne and Kevin Lindorff and wow everyone with their brilliance. Way to go Andy, Jo and Yensha. There is no way we could have done it without them. Thanks to our wonderful and loyal customers. We have loved serving you. See you on the other side. Of the counter.
Three fantastic years working with our great staff – thank you, and serving our amazing community and those from further afield who were passing through. Thank you all for your support and generosity in welcoming us. The evolution of the cafe continues and as we say goodbye, we would like to welcome Leeanne and Kevin Lindorff to the helm. They are full of heart for this new phase of the cafe. Be excited. We are. Karen, Glenn, Tracey and Cameron.
APRIL 8TH 2017 ANNOUNCEMENT
The 8th of last month heralded 3 years of owning and running The Natimuk Cafe. Thank you all our dear customers for your support over the years. And what a ride it has been so far. Learning curves – we’ve had a few of them. Challenges – see learning curve. Tears – hardly any. Laughter – until our sides split. Enjoyment -you absolutely betcha! We’ve made so many new friends and also learnt so much more about the friends we already had. From 55 degree flat whites to extra blistery hot lattes to strawberry milkshakes after a long ride. Excitement over the apple cake with the healthy yoghurt to the fruit toast cooked just right. And always alongside this, the amazing sense of community that Nati positively overflows with. For us, the cafe’s position in this community was the driving force behind many of the decisions we made and we love the fact that people came and planned and laughed, cried and just talked here. About crops and germination. Of that one climbing route that shredded skin and gave goosebumps. A little of everything and everyone. And ate and drank our offerings. And told us that they loved it.
All of these things = joy. The time has come though, that life’s priorities have shifted and the decision has been reached, that our time in the cafe is coming to an end. It is therefore with a somewhat heavy heart that we – Tracey, Cameron, Karen and Glenn announce that The Natimuk Cafe will be up for sale. Business and building. It is not our intention to cease trading before sale. We would dearly love someone to see the great opportunity that the cafe presents, get excited over their own possible improvements and take it on to bigger and better things. We’ll have more on the business opportunity/sale soon. Finally but most importantly, we can’t thank enough our amazing staff, a number who, have been with us from day one. You’ve been there with the learning curves, the challenges, the laughter and the enjoyment and there is no way we could have done this without you. Two words – You rock
Michael Ryan is an artist from Daylesford. And he’s a climber. In this exhibition he draws inspiration from the cliffs he visits. If you’re a climber, there’s a good chance you may recognize some of the rock he paints, but if you’re a non climber the pieces are just as enjoyable and striking. These works will only be on display in the cafe for about 6 weeks so head on in and check them out. All works are for sale.
For those who live in Nati, there’s probably a piece or two of artwork that was created by someone you know. And if you don’t live in Nati, have a looksee. Who knows – years from now, you may remember when you saw that artists first piece.
Natimuk Primary School.
Goat Gallery Exhibition, December 2016.
87a Main Street, Natimuk
Opening Night, Friday December 2nd, 6 p.m. (Tomorrow!)
Come along and support your local Primary School.
We have a couple of local artists displaying some work in the cafe at the moment. When you are next in for a coffee,meal or a bevvie have a look in the back area of the cafe. All these works are for sale.
Mel, alongside her daughter Tilly, has created some beautiful small canvases. These are priced at $25 each.
Another local artist Cass Dark, has 3 great pen and pencil prints of locations around Mt Arapiles. $65 each
Glenn Rudolph who recently had an exhibition at the cafe, still has a few pieces left for sale. The money from these sales is going to a fundraiser by his daughter. The photographs have been reduced a further $40. Gorgeous shots of the Wimmera’s diverse landscape.
Looking for a modern, everything you need at your fingertips kind of accommodation in Natimuk or as a base for tripping through the Wimmera? Planning a couple of days in the Grampians, a climbing trip or just a little peace and quiet. Well, we have a lovely apartment at the rear of the cafe which we rent out for short term stays. Check it out here https://natimukcafe.com.au/cafe-apartment/
People – it’s gonna be a good one. Yes, a great one!
And to tempt your tastebuds – here’s the menu.
Good Friday – Easter Saturday
- Roast Tarragon Chicken
- Creamy pumpkin and Sage ravioli
- Pan fried fish with safaina sauce
Easter Sunday Greek BBQ
- Veggie kebabs
Hello and Welcome all to the new Natimuk Cafe blog and website. While content may be a little thin at the moment, this will build week after week until we have a site that provides not only information about the cafe but also what might be going on in the world around us – most importantly in the world of Nati and surrounds. We are looking at this as a very organic process – much like we have approached the cafe. We will keep plodding and picking away until we are happy with it.
What can you expect? Staff and community members may be harassed, err sorry, approached to provide a blog post every now and then. Pictures be they cafe or food inspired, personal or community based will be sensationally splashed across the blog pages. Maybe Cafarazzi style. It will be a great way to hear about events happening at the cafe – 2015 promises to provide more of that. Feel free to let us know if there is anything you might like to see.
Since opening the cafe nearly 9 months ago, it has been a crazy, busy time working out what we want from a cafe, what our customers want from a cafe and making sure that we get a good mix of both. And we are all still smiling and having great fun doing it so the recipe must be working. It definitely helps that we have an absolutely awesome team working with us – You can check them out here. And they are still smiling so we musn’t be too bad as bosses.
Getting things right is important to us and while we understand pleasing everyone is a near to impossible goal, we reckon if we can please most people, most of the time then we are doing okay. Always happy to learn from our customers though, so if you do have any suggestions, please feel free to drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org Alternatively, you can drop a note in our suggestion box at the cafe, which should be in place soon.
Other avenues you can read about us, keep in touch real time or even drop a review about the cafe –
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Natimuk-Cafe/125997147447070
Trip Advisor – http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Restaurant_Review-g552225-d4133168-Reviews-Natimuk_Cafe-Natimuk_Grampians_Victoria.html
Urbanspoon – http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/346/1710049/restaurant/Victoria/Natimuk-Cafe-Natimuk
Most of the time you will see us running around in our Natimuk Cafe aprons, serving scrummy food, bevvies and what we think is a pretty awesome cup of coffee (that’s what people tell us!) Here are some pics below of most of the staff, owners included, having a lovely night off to partake in a recent Spring by the Lake bash in Nati. That doesn’t happen that often but when it does, it’s nice to dress up. We think we polished up okay.