Marne fast tracks her hospitality career and buys a cafe at 25

Marne Petherbridge at the cafe in Kyogle.

Susanna Freymark

At 25 years old Marne Petherbridge has her own cafe –she has bought Espresso Edge on Summerland Way, Kyogle.

“When I was 14 I worked at Dave’s Bakehouse,” she said.

At the bakery, she learned how to deal with customers, and she trained as a barista.

“The more I worked in the industry, I thought I could do this myself.”

Marne also studied hospitality at Kyogle High School.

Saturday, June 9 was Marne’s first day of trading at Espresso Edge.

Marne on her first day of trading.

She had plenty of help from her family and partner and has already changed the interior of the cafe.

Marne plans to keep the name Espresso Edge.

And while she is keen to bring new items to the menu she is also aware of keeping some of the favourites the regular customers like.

“I didn’t want to change too much too soon,” she said.

Marne already knows a lot of the cafe customers from her days at the bakery.

People like to meet at Espresso Edge because of the large tables and the amount of space in the cafe, she said.

Marne will cater to special dietary needs and plans to bring sushi, rice paper rolls and frittata to the menu.

She already looked at home in her new cafe on Saturday as she starts to make the place her own.

Espresso Edge is open 7 days a week 7.30am–2.30pm.

Photos: Susanna Freymark

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