After nine years it's time to hand over the ovens
KNEADING each pizza base by hand and sourcing sweet treats from local bakers has been a large part of life for Matt and Suzy Kairouz for the past nine years.
But now they've put their restaurant Char-belas on the market and are looking for someone else to continue the family business they have worked hard to build.
After growing up in Warwick, Mr Kairouz was lured back to town almost a decade ago by the opportunity to open the restaurant with his wife Suzy.
It's the space that has strong family ties, with his uncle opening a cafe there two decades ago and his father owning the cinema next door.
The thought of bringing up their two children Charbel, 11, and Gabriella, 8, (whose names were combined to create the name for their restaurant) in Warwick was also an attractive one.
Despite having no experience with cooking, a Lebanese upbringing ensured they were familiar with what delicious home cooking should be like.
"I felt if I was to bring people into our business, which really is your home, you have to serve good food,” Mr Kairouz said.
Their pizza dough is made from scratch, meat sourced from local butchers and cakes made locally in Warwick.
But with the family spending more time at the Gold Coast so Charbel can play soccer, as well as local sporting commitments, the Kairouz family is eventually looking to move closer to the coast.
They're looking to continue cooking, with Mr Kairouz considering opening a food trailer to serve Lebanese street food and coffee.
Mr Kairouz said he truly appreciated the support he'd received from his hometown over the years.
"We really love Warwick and would love to stay here,” Mr Kairouz said.
"Without the people of Warwick we would not be here.
"We hope we can find someone that will continue what we've done here because you'd like to think you were part of something.”
If you're interested in taking on the business, phone Matt and Suzy on 46619079.