Baby Arlo at Zeebra's cafe.
Baby Arlo at Zeebra's cafe. Susanna Freymark

Family's supporting busy mum's cafe

IN A CORNER of a busy cafe in Casino, five-month-old Arlo sleeps in his baby chair while his "Poppy” sits beside him and sips his ginger beer.

Arlo's mum, Kathy Hobbs is busy running Zeebra's Cafe after taking over a few months ago when she was pregnant with Arlo.

She has worked at the cafe for four years so she knew what she was letting herself in for when she took over as the new owner along with husband Matthew Taylor.

"I told Matt about the cafe as a joke,” Kathy said.

"He said: 'Let's do it.”

But Kathy couldn't do it without the support of her family.

Her and Matthew have four children aged between five months and 11 years and Kathy's parents, Bruce and Julie Hale, help with Arlo.

"He will be a cafe-raised baby,” Kathy said.

Matt works part time at a tea tree farm at Main Camp but he helps out whenever he can.

"Matt cooks dinner and we share the household chores,” Kathy said.

Because Kathy knows too well how busy mums are, she has made the cafe more relaxing for parents.

"Mummies are welcome,” she said.

There is a new play area with a teepee and toys and plenty of room outside for families.



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