Swapping the beef for the grind
SCOTT Morton has hung up his butcher's apron and pulled on his hospitality boots as he and his mother, Roslyn, are the proud new owners of The Cherry Tree.
Situated at the site of the former DL's Coffee, the Mortons yesterday opened the doors of their new cafe.
Mr Morton, who was excited to start his new venture, said he had a list of ideas and goals to accelerate The Cherry Tree into the business world.
"We're still working out the feel of the place but initially we want to offer good coffee and fresh food and great products for our customers and at a reasonable price," Mr Morton said.
He said they had plans to develop a juice and smoothie bar once the ball was rolling and retain a boutique cake supplier to provide sweets to impress even the biggest cake critics.
Nick McCulloch, a renowned chef from the Marriott, has spent the past few days working with the team, skilling staff and teaching them a few tricks.
Mr Morton said while he had dabbled in hospitality on and off for the past 15 years, he had never owned his own business.
"It will be good to be my own boss and I am really looking forward to it all," he said.
"The opportunity (to start The Cherry Tree) arose and we decided to take it.
"The location is just fantastic and that's a big reason as to why we got it."
The Cherry Tree will open from 7am-5.30pm weekdays and 7am-3.30pm Saturdays, it will close on Sundays, except when there are major events running.
Mr Morton said the support from family, friends and the community was phenomenal and he encouraged everyone to pop in for a bite to eat or a delicious coffee.