Chef Scott Stielfer and Micheal Read invite you to the opening of their new venture Coffee Rocks
by Michelle Gilmore
We’ve all seen the construction happening behind 7th Wave, but when I walked in I was blown away.
I didn’t realise that the old arcade would transform into a beer garden – even a stage for Joel Mak!
And there is a handcrafted timber bar, just inviting you to lean on it. Owner Michael Read, said that except for the planter boxes, “It’s bluegum from Gin Gin, all from the one tree.”
They have sourced lots of recycled materials like window frames and shutters – the slatting is weatherboard from a 60-year-old Brisbane house, turned painted side in.
There’s a “Coloured Sands” water feature, and wait until you see the floor. Michael tells me, “The polished concrete is 40 years old and it comes up like that! The blokes doing it couldn’t believe it – there’s even coffee rock in it!”
Which brings us to the name, Michael says it has a triple meaning: our coffee rock on the beach, good coffee and music.
With acoustic roofing, air conditioning, a versatile sound system and separate function rooms (which will double as a kid’s movie haven), Michael said they offer the venue for weddings, corporate events or other functions, for up to 100 people.
Despite the construction zone, they had two brides walk in and book last week.
“Scotty is planning fine dining three nights a weeks – with silver service and tablecloths. We’ve gone out of our way to find people passionate about things they do – like microbrewery Ten Toes and Kai Coffee, who sponsor kids where the coffee grows in South America. Both from Maroochydore, we keep it as local as we can. Local staff, too.”
You can already feel the atmosphere at Coffee Rocks. “It’s for everyone – backpackers and locals. We’ll keep prices down and there’ll be games like Jenga, people can play while having a beer and tapas.”
Open 7 days, 6am-10pm, come to the Grand Opening on July 7,8,9. Book now on 5486 8877.