Welcoming Jesh and Roshi – The Granary cafe

by Little BIG

A friendly face serving a community daily caffeine fix is a vital part of a community, so we thought we would take the opportunity to welcome the family behind our new local, The Granary Café. It was a wonderful heartwarming conversation (over a great coffee), getting a glimpse of the lives and stories behind two hardworking and kind people we are excited to call our neighbours.

If you haven’t met them yet, we encourage you to head into The Granary Café and meet the husband-and-wife team, Jesh and Roshi. You’ll probably find Roshi at the register, her beaming smiling inviting you in, and Jesh at the coffee machine or whipping up his burgers and breakfasts in the kitchen. But don’t be surprised if these multi-talented team switch it up on you, dynamically changing roles constantly to meet our food and drink needs!

Tell us a little bit about yourselves…

Roshi – Where to begin? We are both from Nepal but met in Australia and started our family together here. We have a five-year-old daughter and a two-year-old son. We have recently opened The Granary Café in the Flour Mill complex at Summer Hill. Jesh has owned a previous café in Croydon, and we have both always been in hospitality, but we are excited about this next family adventure.

Jesh – Yes, it’s our first café as a husband and wife team. It’s a partnership. We make all our decisions together.

Roshi – We both love meeting people, listening to their stories, and serving them good food and great coffee. We are big fans of coffee so we decided to embark on this adventure together.

As a husband-and-wife team, how did you know you would be good business partners? 

Roshi – We actually met at work. We were both working at Oporto together more than 20 years ago. We knew we would be good business partners.

How long have you lived locally?

Roshi – We live nearby with our two children, but the cafe is open every day, so we are here more than at home. This is our second home now.

Why is this community special to you?

Roshi – The people are very grounded and supportive. I feel like a local already. I’m grateful that the local people have trusted us with this café, especially those who live in the Flour Mill.

Jesh – I worked at another local café for about seven years and always loved the area. It feels right to be back. You don’t get these kind and loyal customers everywhere. Some of our old customers have been in to say hello, but we have also met many new faces. It feels like coming home.

Roshi – Everyone has been kind to us already. Our first market day was hectic. We had no idea what to expect, and everyone was beautiful and supportive. They just really wanted to see us succeed.

How does the Granary Café contribute to connection in this community?

Roshi – We are keeping it simple; we provide a good coffee, a smile and a non-judgemental chat, and we hope that has a positive impact on the days of our customers. We will create a warm, personal experience that makes everyone feel welcome. It’s a little thing that we can do.

What is the top thing on your bucket list?

Roshi – I just want to be happy! We will continue doing what we do as a family and running a successful business.  

Jesh – Raising our kids is on the top of my priority list, looking after our family and enjoying our work each day.

What are you most grateful for?

Jesh – I take life as it comes.

Roshi – For my husband. He is the best thing that ever happened to me, and we have been together for twenty years. It’s not easy getting citizenship in a new country. We are so grateful to be in Australia and for the opportunities that have afforded us—an opportunity for a better life.

Important question… what is your coffee order? And what does it say about you?

Roshi – Almond Flat White – I switched from regular milk a while back and now prefer the nutty taste.

Jesh – I’m a piccolo – it’s a quick & strong drink!

Roshi – (laughs) he is a busy man. The strong silent type!

What was the last Little BIG action that you received from someone?

Roshi – It hasn’t been little; it’s big for us… the Flour Mill and broader community have been so welcoming. We have had people drop in flowers and cards. We have had offers of support and encouragement. We have “hellos” and “welcomes” and many many well wishes. If you are kind to someone, it comes back to you, and we hope to reciprocate all the kindness we have received so far.

The Little BIG Foundation provides a range of activities to advance mental health, prevent or relieve social isolation, and create strong communities. Still, one of the best things you can do for your sense of community connection is to have small, daily, positive experiences with the businesses and people in your immediate vicinity. If you’re looking for a dose of community, we highly recommend dropping into The Granary Cafe. You will be greeted with a smile, sent away with a full stomach and sent on for a great day ahead.

The Granary Café is open from 7 am to 2.30 pm, every day. They have an a la carte menu, including all-day breakfast options, and take orders for pick-up via phone.

Custom catering is available for small events at the Little BIG House. We did a taste test for you and it is great! It’s all custom to your needs so chat to Roshi about your event.

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Phone – 0431 571 223
Email – mail.thegranary@gmail.com

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