New life for Roxy Café

March 1, 2018

Warialda couple Scott and Elaine Ramsay, have leased the Roxy Café in Bingara. The Roxy has been closed as a business for two years, almost to the day.  Originally from Sydney and with a banking background, Scott was the Manager of the Croppa Creek Bowling Club for five years.

He and Elaine met at Boggabilla and married in 2013.  Born in Inverell, Elaine lived for most of her life in this area. She worked in Warialda at Naroo and at The Commonwealth Home Support Program at Warialda.  They were living at Crooble, and travelling to their jobs, so in May last year, they bought a house and moved to Warialda.

Scott and Elaine Ramsay at the Roxy Cafe.

Scott and Elaine Ramsay at the Roxy Cafe. The cafe also got the ‘thumbs up’ from patrons Don Charters and his relatives. Mr. Charters remembers when the Roxy complex first opened.

When the opportunity came up to lease the Roxy Café, Scott and Elaine decided to, as Scott says, “do something a bit different for a few more years, before we retire.”

Elaine described their opening of the café as a “soft opening.  At this stage, we are still feeling our way, and we have plans to do a few different things as time goes on,” she said.

So far, the café is serving meals, milk shakes, spiders, coffees and cakes, hot croissants and toasted sandwiches.

From today March 1, the café will be open from Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 2pm, and from 8am until about 3pm on weekends, depending on demand.

Last year, while travelling in Tasmania, the couple picked up an idea they hope to convert to ‘Bingara Night Cap’ wine bar.  “We were in the town of Richmond and had been out for dinner,” Scott said.  “At the restaurant it was their first night of serving evening meals. We enjoyed our dinner but wondered where we could go for a nightcap. There wasn’t anywhere.  That idea grew to ‘Why don’t we open a wine bar’, and that’s what we are going to do here,” he said.

“Hopefully, the wine bar will complement the two hotels and the two clubs that are already providing very nice meals in the town,” Elaine said.

The plan is that on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, people can come for a quiet drink, in subdued lighting, sit in one of the comfortable lounges for a quiet drink with a light snack, or coffee and cake.  “That’s one of our plans, other things will come along as we think of them.”

Both Scott and Elaine have taken a huge leap of faith and quit their jobs to take on the Roxy Café, and are here for the ‘long haul’.

While the café has been shut, the Bingara CWA has been opening the doors on the last Friday of the month to serve morning tea.  Elaine and Scott have spoken with the CWA and reassured the branch that they can continue the arrangement.  “Please continue to support the local CWA,” Elaine said.