Kitchen upgrade paves way for more jobs at Monte Lupo

Plans to redevelop the kitchen at Monte Lupo Café and Gallery at Eight Mile Plains are one step closer to fruition, thanks to a Queensland Government grant.

Monte Lupo was awarded $35,000 from the Queensland Gambling Community Benefit Fund to buy new commercial kitchen equipment.

Retail Manager Michael Knowles said the grant was the first step in the full redevelopment of the kitchen.

‘We plan to more than double the size of the café kitchen so that we can employ more people with disability and more job coaches,’ he said. ‘With more staff we can expand the range of food we offer and increase our output.’

‘Our long-term plan is for the café to supply the food across all Multicap services at Eight Mile Plains. My vision for our supported employees is for them to gain the experience, confidence and skills to get a job in the open market.’

While redevelopment plans were in the early stages, it is hoped the new kitchen would open this year.

‘We’re currently in the planning phase but we want to make the most of the space we have,’ he said. ‘It’s very exciting.’

Michael said staff were ‘pumped’.

‘They know we have reached the limit of what we can do in this space,’ he said. ‘So they are excited about the opportunities this grant and the expansion will afford us.’  

The State Government grant will be used to buy a commercial fridge, freezer, deep fryer and steel benches, as well as new air conditioning. The redevelopment of the space will be funded by Multicap.

This project is made possible with funding support from the Queensland Government Gambling Community Benefit Fund.

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