8th May, 2014

Cafes expand into public toilets

When you consider the things you do in a public restroom, eating typically isn't one of them. However, a new plan by the some local governments could have people doing just that.

The City of Sydney has adopted a Public Toilet Strategy that may convert historic public loos into cafes and restaurants, and this trend of utilising old, unused buildings is catching on, meaning it has the potential to spread across the rest of the country.

One such successful project took unused public facilities that closed in the 1980s and converted the building into a popular local cafe. Its sturdy frame meant no demolition was necessary, even though the structure was built in 1885, and renovations that called for a new exterior, roof and kitchen cost the city $1.2 million, according to Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore's website. The building was even outfitted with a grey water recycling system, solar hot water generator and LED lighting to ensure its sustainability.

As Australians increasingly embrace the coffee culture and demand for cafes swells, the restaurant industry remains competitive and it can be difficult to start a new company from scratch. Using previously disregarded buildings such as public toilets for new purposes may therefore continue to grow on both entrepreneurs and consumers, who enjoy the quirky charm of the repurposed loos.

This also presents an opportunity for current cafe and restaurant owners to consider expanding into additional locations. However, opening more branches is always a move that should be considered with great care. Investing in cafe insurance that specifically suits your needs is essential. Purchasing the right policies can save you from all sorts of headaches in the long run, and Bruce Insurance can help you decide exactly what coverage is best for you.

Author: Murray Bruce