Gregory and Vickey Slack have no regrets about launching their cafe, Coffee Guru Brookwater, in the middle of the pandemic. The restaurant located at the Brookwater Village Shopping Centre has built up its regular customers eight weeks since its opening day whilst new customers continue to visit the restaurant.
The Slacks took on the chance to run a cafe at the height of the COVID-19 scare in April 2020 after Coffee Club permanently closed. Despite the ill-timed opportunity, the couple worked on building their restaurant and opened in the middle of August.
Every day since the opening, customers would line up at Coffee Guru Brookwater before 7:00 a.m. for their coffee fix and brekkies. The couple said that many of their customers have expressed concern for opening a food business at this uncertain time.
But Gregory and Vickey are happy to say that business has been brisk, thanks to the support of the locals. Although, Gregory admits that apprehensions and worries have crossed his mind during one rare instance when it had been slow and quiet at the cafe.
Locals, however, seem to love coming back to Coffee Guru Brookwater because of the service and the food. Whilst the store is a franchise of an NSW-based company, it is still independently managed and owned by the Slacks.
Coffee Guru Brookwater serves all-day breakfast and lunch daily, while Fridays from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. are for Tapa Nights. Aside from the delicious coffee, diners may also enjoy wine, beer and spirits on their drink lists.
The restaurant is pet friendly. For trading hours and other cafe updates, visit their Facebook page.
“The owners Vic and Greg were lovely, everything seemed very clean and was well sanitised. The breakfast was really good and came out quick. They had a great display of sweet treats and savoury snacks up the front too. Will have to come back for lunch.”Erin Clarke, Google Reviews
“Coffee Guru is a must! Best Bircher I’ve had for a long time. Menu is fantastic. Service is always amazing. The tapas night on Friday’s is SO delicious. We love it here.”Bianca Mulligan, Facebook