The owner of the former Broadwater Catholic church, Alannah Hovard, is busy renovating the building to convert it into a cafe called Our Daily Bread.
The owner of the former Broadwater Catholic church, Alannah Hovard, is busy renovating the building to convert it into a cafe called Our Daily Bread. Jay Cronan

Church to become cafe, store

“GIVE us this day our daily bread” will take on a whole new meaning in Broadwater if Alannah Hovard has her way.

The owner of the former Catholic church in Broadwater has received development approval to convert it into a cafe and collectibles store.

“I collect Australian pottery, mainly from the 1930s to 1970s,” she said as she showed the displays set up in the interior of the Gothic-style building.

“We will be putting in a 28-seat cafe with a veranda and disabledaccess and thought the businesses would work well together.”

Ms Hovard has registered her cafe name, Our Daily Bread, and plans to have a menu with plenty of bread-based items.

“It’s a very humble food that people can afford and hopefully there will be little wastage,” she said.

“We will buy our produce locally, but I am still sorting out the menu.”

Ms Hovard said the project was still some way off completion.

“I’ll say six months, but ask me in June and I’ll probably say six months again,” she said. “We are doing most of it ourselves not only to save costs, but because we can.”

Ms Hovard and her partner have enough experience under their belts having renovated houses before.

“If you do something like this you need to enjoy it,” she said.

“Our friends say they know we will do this, although at times we can be a little overwhelmed. You really have to take it day by day.”



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