A NEW HOME: Joy and Don MacRae at Deja Vu, a new restaurant in Coraki. Picture: GEMMA-ROSE TURNBULL
A NEW HOME: Joy and Don MacRae at Deja Vu, a new restaurant in Coraki. Picture: GEMMA-ROSE TURNBULL

Coraki is Deja Vu, serendipity, all in one

By RACHEL AFFLICK

rachel.afflick@northernstar.com.au

A RIVER change was exactly what former Sydney couple Don and Joy MacRae needed when they packed up their lives in the city to open a restaurant on the Northern Rivers.

They had never even heard of it five years ago but now the MacRaes are putting everything on the line for a new beginning in Coraki.

"It's a little bit daunting, not knowing how it's going to go," says Don, as he and Joy prepare to open their 'modern Australian' restaurant, Deja Vu.

It all began when the former Sydney restaurant owners visited the North Coast five years ago on a touring holiday and stumbled across a residence about to go up for auction.

Don says it was love at first site when they spotted the old Commercial Bank, on Richmond Terrace, which operated in Coraki more than 100 years ago.

"It's a lovely historical building and we were immediately impressed by its style," Don said.

Their bid for the building was successful and during the next four years Don travelled back and forth between Coraki and Sydney while converting the bank chambers into a restaurant where the emphasis will be on seafood.

The MacRae's finally farewelled their friends and family at Christmas last year to permanently set- tle on the North Coast.

They are enjoying the change of pace from city life and say their love affair with the building has grown to include the township and residents of Coraki.

Deja Vu will open on Friday March 9. For bookings call 6683 2583.



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