Gelato, fresh juices, acai bowls, pastries and fish and chips near the beach – sound like summer? That’s what’s on the menu at Dixon Park Beach’s latest offering, Sunnyboy Kiosk.
Opening its roller doors for the first time this week, the café that sits perfectly between a surf club, dog park and ocean is expected to be an early Christmas gift for those who trek the Bathers Way between 6am and 4pm.
Café operators Nova Carias and her brother Tom Carias say they are enthusiastic about the success of the venue.
The pair, who have a decade of experience in hospitality already part-own and manage other cafes in the region, including Morning Market in Whitebridge.
“Sunnyboy Kiosk will be the place to be this summer,” Ms Carias said.
“We opened our doors to the public this week just in time for the start of the school holidays and we look forward to sunny days ahead welcoming surfers straight out of the water, beachgoers off the beach with sandy feet and meeting locals who will make this their regular coffee haunt.”
The refurbishment of the Dixon Park Beach kiosk is part of the City of Newcastle’s Coastal Revitalisation program, which began in 2010 as part of a long-term commitment to enhance Newcastle’s coastline.
The Carias siblings, who stem from a long line of hospitality and small business owners, were successful in their bid to become its lessees after it was put to tender in July 2021.
Initially expected to be completed by August 2022, the project included improvements to the building with the addition of public seating, shelters and landscaping.
The cafe is the latest upgrade to occur at Dixon Park in recent years, with a $640,000 renovation in 2019 that saw Dixon Park Surf Life Saving Club upgrade its clubhouse with new change rooms, space for female members, and accessible amenities.
Councillor Carol Duncan said the well-positioned kiosk would see it used year-round by locals and visitors.
“Newcastle’s southern beaches are world-renowned, and the revitalisation of the kiosk demonstrates City of Newcastle’s commitment to ensuring our incredible coastal assets remain accessible and attractive for our community to enjoy,” she said.
“The opening of the kiosk completes the building’s transformation and complements the iconic Mark Richards mural, which has been expertly renewed by Up&Up Inspirations.
“We look forward to seeing how the community interacts with the revitalised space throughout the summer.”
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