In a time when hospitality has taken a huge hit due to pandemic lockdowns, it is heartening to see a new cafe opening soon in Ballarat
Betty’s Red Star Café is the brainchild of Pia Sims and Nic Bradley who bring with them a breadth of experience in various fields. Pia has had thirty years – on and off – in hospitality from pizza shops, top Melbourne pubs and restaurants, to the ski fields of Victoria’s High country. Conversely, she also has vast experience in the funeral industry from directing, mortuary, embalming, coronial transfer and as a celebrant. Pia has a wry sense of humour, especially on life and death from her years in the funeral industry and on moving back into hospitality. She says, “I treasure and am honoured to have been able to assist families at their worst times, but I’ve always wanted to open a café. If I died without giving it a crack, I’d be a bit bummed!”
Nik’s background is equally varied from Real Estate to buying and selling collectables and vintage ware.
Their vision for Betty’s Red Star Café is one of simplicity. They said in unison, “We are certainly not looking to re-invent the wheel with this café. Quite the contrary. We just want to offer customers, simple, honest menus offering breakfast, lunch, Devonshire Teas and on special occasions, High Teas. And let’s not forget, superb coffee”.
Asked why they’ve named their café ‘Betty’s Red Star’, Pia said, “Why not! Everyone has a Betty in their life somewhere, be it a grandma, auntie, cousin or friend and I share a birthday with veteran actress Betty White, so – why not!”
Betty’s Red Star Café is on schedule to open in mid-April and is at the bottom end of Sturt Street at number twenty. You can’t miss it, the signage is a stand out. So if you’re looking for simple, wholesome food at respectable prices, Betty’s is worth a visit. Follow them at facebook.com/bettysredstarcafe