New initiative for CBD provides alternative café experience

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VISITORS FROM KYABRAM TRY THE POD… From left, June Thain and Helen Young in Shepparton for Christmas shopping have a bite to eat in the pod. Photo: Steve Hutcheson

Situated in a carparking space out front of the Lemon Tree Cafe, is a new on-street experience for customers of the cafe.

In conjunction with Greater Shepparton City Council’s efforts to enliven the CBD, a new temporary seating pod constructed from a refurbished shipping container built by Shepparton firm, Spiire, offers customers a unique dining experience.

Geraldine Christou, Director Sustainable Development with Greater Shepparton City Council said, “The Shepparton CBD had recently experienced a boost in café/restaurant atmosphere with various operators commencing business which has created positive flow-on effects for existing operators. Existing businesses, not just food premises, have benefited from this additional investment and have been thinking innovatively which has supported their ongoing growth and sustainability.”

Two visitors to Shepparton coming across from Kyabram, June Thain and Helen Young were among the first customers of the day to experience dining in the pod. “It is quite different,” said June.

The initiative will be evaluated on feedback from the customers, traders and Lemon Tree Cafe to determine the success and interest of other operators to share the shipping container.