Hot chips and coffee are the customers’ favourite, but contributing to the community, employing locals and supporting them to grow and develop are the highlights for John at Café 54. Community is a priority for John, who loves seeing his regular customers and their families.
“I love that owning my own business gives me an opportunity to be personally involved in contributing to my community by employing locals; assisting them to grow and develop is very fulfilling” explains John. “Being a small business owner enables me to provide a safe, secure and fun working environment for our local team members.”
“My wife and I thoroughly enjoy the interactions with our regular customers. Some of our wonderful customers frequent our lives weekly and some even daily” adds John. “We have witnessed families grow and grow up. We have been involved in their celebrations and look forward to continuing with the many bonds we have formed and look forward to making new ones.”
“Community is the most undervalued asset in these times. The sense of community that we enjoy with our customers, fellow business operators, staff and Centre Management is an important factor in our business and our lives.”
Originally from Queensland, John and his family have lived in the Glenorchy area since 1999. John has many years of experience in supermarket management with Coles and PURITY. He was the store manager at Best & Less, before buying Café 54 nine years ago.
Café 54 is renowned for its chips says John. “We have even had a family from Florida in the US tell us that when they come to visit their grandparents, they come back to Café 54 just for those chips.”
Music was part of the menu, a while ago. John reminisces “For many years we were a venue for Live Music for local musicians. Friday nights the lights were dimmed, the stage was set and the cafe was abuzz with country, blues, rock music with solo artists and bands lighting up the venue.”