PROVING POPULAR: Cherry Tree owners Scott Morton and Roslyn Morton with staff members Madeline Whittaker, Jacinta Green and Morgan Vellacott. The cafe is at present second among Queensland cafes in voting for Australian Cafe of the Year.
PROVING POPULAR: Cherry Tree owners Scott Morton and Roslyn Morton with staff members Madeline Whittaker, Jacinta Green and Morgan Vellacott. The cafe is at present second among Queensland cafes in voting for Australian Cafe of the Year. Michael Cormack

Further kudos for great cafes

IT IS scarcely three weeks since the Cherry Tree Cafe was named Business of the Year in the Business Excellence Awards, and now it is basking in new accolades.

The cafe (199 votes) stands at 12th overall and second among Queensland cafes in voting for the Australian Cafe of the Year competition.

Cherry Tree is locked in a close battle with K & Co. in Mackay (244 votes) while another Warwick cafe has proven its popularity.

Cafe Jacqui's has picked up 55 votes to date.

Voting got under way on Monday, September 1, and closes at midnight on Thursday, October 9.

There are seven regions, divided up between the states and territories.

The top three from each region will be chosen, and judges will then assess each cafe in-person.

Cherry Tree Cafe owner Scott Morton said it would mean a lot to be voted the best cafe in Queensland, let alone Australia.

"It would put us on the map and give us more exposure if we could win," Mr Morton said.

"It would be nice and it would be a great honour, but we're up against a lot of other great cafes."

Mr Morton said he believed there were a range of important aspects that went into being a good cafe.

"You've got to have the right staff and the right mix for everyone," he said.

"We wouldn't be here without our loyal customers as well.

"You've got to accommodate customers, have a lot of friendliness and consistency in quality service."

Cafe Jacqui's owner Jacqui Dwan said she was pleased to have received plenty of votes too.

"We're pleased we've got plenty of votes," she said.

"It's nice to have the support of people voting.

"To win would be lovely, but it's nice just to be acknowledged by the voters.

"I think the most important thing in running a cafe is to have great food but there are many other important aspects."

To vote, visit cafeoftheyear.com.au



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