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New retro eatery aims to cater to everyone

SOMETHING BLUE: Owner of The Blue Kitchen Francine Austen.
SOMETHING BLUE: Owner of The Blue Kitchen Francine Austen. Doug Eaton

BLUE Kitchen Gourmet Foods in South Lismore has expanded and opened up a cafe in their Wilson St store.

The funky, retro eatery, which opened last week, is set inside Blue Kitchen's retro store next to Norco's offices in the Windmill Grove Complex.

New owner Francine Austen said it was very exciting having expanded the Blue Kitchen store to now hold a place for locals, visitors, and those who worked nearby to come and enjoy a coffee or lunch.

Blue Kitchen is serving a lot of its own products from its Blue Kitchen condiments line, which has been around for 12 years - you'll find their delicious conserve served up with a freshly made muffin, for example.

All the cafe's food and their Blue Kitchen products are made on site with as many local ingredients as possible, Ms Austen said, something that was very important to the team at Blue Kitchen.

"We definitely want to be sustainable (and want to) sustain the local industry," she said.

They'd also always encourage local growers to come and connect with them, she added.

With their small, homely crew and Daisy, their retro-looking Spanish coffee machine, Blue Kitchen is aiming to cater for everyone.

From those who want their classic cafe bacon-and-egg rolls of a morning, to those who are looking for a healthier lunch option for a cheaper price - they've got gluten free options and can tailor to other dietary needs.

They've got the whole factory cafe thing going on - not only are all the classic Blue Kitchen products made on site, they're also packaged and labelled right there on their kitchen counter - you might even see it all happen while you're enjoying a coffee.

Ms Austen said they loved the location and fully embraced the cafe as being "south side of the tracks".

Blue Kitchen is open 6.30am-3.30pm Monday-Friday Windmill Grove Complex on Wilson St.




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