Cafe giving us all Our Daily Bread

CONVERTING a disused Catholic Church at Broadwater to house a cafe and a collectibles store was a dream hatched three years ago by Alannah Hovard and David Cowgill.

That's when the pair purchased the former church on the Pacific Highway which they were finally able to open for business as Our Daily Bread Cafe and Alannah's Collection on June 29.

The opening followed 18 months of hard slog by the couple to renovate the building to suit their needs.

"We had one wall that was a complete waterfall and there were a few leaks," Alannah said of the challenge presented by the building.

"The church had been closed so it smelled of mould and it was dark, dank and damp.

"The building itself was sturdy but it had no guttering and camphor laurel trees shaded the church so there was no sunlight getting in, and also all the stairs had collapsed."

With the help of their apprentice, who has gone on to become the cafe's barista, the couple installed new guttering, replaced ant capping (which required every stump of the church to be lifted), repainted, and installed a disabled toilet and a new driveway.

The couple also installed a new commercial kitchen and constructed a mezzanine floor.

"With the commercial kitchen and the mezzanine it is a massive change," Alannah said.

"But the building is heritage listed inside and out, so even though we installed the kitchen and mezzanine where the altar area was, the rest of the body is as it was."

Food at Our Daily Bread will be, as the name suggests, simple bread-based fare.

Alannah's Collection will retail Alannah's collection of 1950s to 1970s Australian pottery.

Currently open four days a week, Alannah and David have plans to open the cafe more often in the future.

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