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Byron Shire
December 2, 2021

‘Don’t you want me baby?’

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Got kids? Yes? So do I, and looking around I would have thought that more business owners would see the benefit in providing for the little folk.

These midgets are the future of the cafe set and after all, they’ll be taking over in a few years and the smart food outlets will have endeared themselves to both the parents and their heirs.

I think I’ve eaten, drunk and sipped many more times in the Poinciana Cafe in Mullumbimby than in any other cafe in the area.

Vittoria coffee is fresh (good turnover of customers keeps it that way) and generally well made. I admit the service can be a little frantic at times but it’s friendly and real. Ironically, the old 80s song Don’t you want me baby? was playing as I entered with my two-year-old toddler for brekkie.

My boy quickly disappeared (though not from sight). The sandpit is just the ticket. Little Johnny or Nancy are quickly up to their ears in play friends for hours of entertainment, sand from sock to bum crack.

Rachelle Longstaff with daughter Willow enjoying the Poinciana Cafe. Photo Jeff Dawson.
Rachelle Longstaff with daughter Willow enjoying the Poinciana Cafe. Photo Jeff Dawson.

Enough time for me to write these words in fact. Of course, if you’re a parent who’s been on the other end of the owner’s scowl, you’ll perhaps nervously protest; if not, you’ll giggle at the ‘unattended children will be given a free kitten and an espresso’ sign. Either way, don’t let the ‘keep your children out’ signs and walk-by frownings concern you.

Just remember, it’s a headache controlling your own kids let alone someone else’s. So, please don’t rock my lovely kid-friendly boat; what can possibly be better than relaxing while your very own ‘Godzilla’ is kept busy?

I know I’m ending a lot of sentences with question marks, but here the food isn’t questionable. Comforting, yes; generous, yes and well executed. The menu has a good cross-section of choice from breakfast through lunch, though I’ve noticed that the full range of breakfast ‘Bennys’ (eggs Benedict) fly onto the tables.

You may love your children or regret having them, but whatever your position, at the Poincy you can corral them and actually enjoy your food for a change.

* Poinciana Cafe, 55 Station St, Mullumbimby Phone 6684 4036. Open 8am to 4pm, Monday – Sunday.


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