AFTER almost two months in hibernation, Country Coffee is grinding up coffee beans and firing up the stove once again.
Opening its doors again this Friday, September 24, the local café will be providing takeaway services over the weekend and then reassessing opening hours from there.
Owner Kim Anderson said she is excited to return to business but will be easing back into it slowly.
"It's just testing the water at the moment and just gradually getting back," she said.
"We'll keep it really simple with our coffee and cold drinks, but we're going to do two of our most popular breakfast dishes, which is the hash brown stack and the breaky fritters.
"We thought they might be a nice breaky treat and people might have been missing that."
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Although the Country Coffee kitchen will be operating again, customers won't be allowed to enter the café; they will be greeted by staff at the door with their orders.
A smaller menu will be available for people to choose from, with orders being taken over the phone or by Facebook Messenger.
People can also order one of Country Coffee's signature sweets, lemon meringue pie or carrot cake.
"Just ring up or send us a message on Facebook ... we won't be letting people into the shop. The footpath will be where the waiting area is," Ms Anderson said.
"We will just be following what the government and public health orders allow at the time ... at the moment, we're just concentrating on what we're doing now."
Country Coffee stopped business last year as well during COVID and was only just starting to rebuild when it had to close for a second time.
Ms Anderson said she is grateful for the support of her customers and admires how locals have supported the businesses around town during these tough times.
"I think it's really nice how people behind the scenes, without being vocal, will just support your business when you come back," she said.
"I think it's really nice too how all the other local businesses have been supported so well by everyone."