Brisbane’s Cafe Tara: Building Community Over Breakfast for 18 Years

From its humble beginnings as a small breakfast cafe nearly two decades ago, Cafe Tara has transformed into more than just a place to grab a coffee in the neighborhood. The cafe has emerged as a thriving community hub that brings locals together and sparks positive change through their sustainability efforts.

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Led by husband-and-wife owners Pramesh and Asha Ram, Cafe Tara prides itself on using locally-sourced ingredients and reducing waste. The cafe uses recycled milk cartons for takeaway trays, in an aim to reduce cup waste.

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They support community groups, including ‘Boomerang Bags The Gap & Surrounds,’ which makes fabric bags to reduce the reliance on single-use plastic bags.

They also host monthly Scrabble games, which is open to all. The cosy interior and corner booth seating make it easy to settle in for hours of conversation with friends or family.

As for food, the cafe serves hearty breakfast options like eggs, pancakes, and toast along with sandwiches, burgers, and fresh salads for lunch. Vegetarians delight in the many meatless choices.

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The cafe, which has been a local staple since 2005, has been like a second home to many residents, who count on the friendly service and community feel almost as much as the stellar brewed coffee and baked goods.

In celebrating 18 years this year, they show no signs of slowing down. Locals have depended on this neighbourhood staple since the beginning. The Rams credit their success to adapting with the neighbourhood whilst staying true to their original vision of sustainability and building connections.

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Their thoughtful ethos and authentic care for customers old and new are what make this cafe a cherished mainstay after nearly two decades in The Gap.

You can find Cafe Tara in The Gap Village Shopping Centre at 988 Waterworks Rd. Check out their Facebook page for updates.

Published 21-August-2023