WINNING SMILE: Cherry Tree Coffee & Dining owner Scott Morton with the Best New Business awards from Saturday night.
WINNING SMILE: Cherry Tree Coffee & Dining owner Scott Morton with the Best New Business awards from Saturday night. Katie Cameron

Birthday brings extra surprise

AS WELL as a first anniversary for Cherry Tree Coffee & Dining, staff had something else to celebrate when the cafe won the Best New Business Award on Saturday night.

Cherry Tree owner Scott Morton described the award ceremony as a "great night out".

"There was delicious food and overall the whole night was just set out really well," he said.

"The Chamber of Commerce did a fantastic job."

Mr Morton said he was surprised when he learned his cafe was a finalist.

"It's a reflection on us, it's good to have all the staff's hard work paid off," he said.

Living for most of his life in Warwick, Mr Morton was a butcher by trade.

He said the opening of the cafe was something he didn't foresee.

"The opportunity came up, it kind of fell into our laps unexpectedly," he said.

But he said owning a business was 'a lot of hard work'.

"It's never the same each day; you never get bored in the industry, that's for sure."

Mr Morton recently bought a new coffee extractor for the cafe and is also planning to expand the building in Palmerin St.

"We want to be open for more dinners, and cater for private functions," he said.

However, getting the time in his busy schedule is the only thing standing in the way.

"There are only so many hours in a day, we've still got to plan it all," he said.



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