Byron Beach Cafe wins Best Restaurant Award
BYRON Beach Cafe has proved it's the creme of the crop after claiming the award for Best Restaurant in the Australian Tourism Awards.
The national award comes just months after the Byron business took out the title of Best Café in Australia at the Australian Small Business Champion Awards.
In the past year, it's also been named in The Australian Financial Review Australia's Top 500 Restaurants, won the NSW Tourism Awards, North Coast Tourism Awards and the NSW Business Chamber Regional Awards.
Ben and Belinda Kirkwood took over the "iconic" beachside café eight years ago and slowly built and developed the site into the award winning business it is today.
Mr Kirkwood said when they first renovated the café they kept it very simple and casual, but what they found over time was that customers were using the cafe for those special experiences.
"We don't tend to think of ourselves to much as just being a restaurant, it's more about creating unique and authentic experiences for visitors," he said.
Mr Kirkwood said the combination of locally sourced food, one of Australia "best views" and the building itself helped to create an award-winning experience.
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In addition to the Byron Beach Café, the Kirkwood's have also owned and managed fine dining restaurant 'Dish' and cocktail bar 'Raw' in Byron and 'Toscani's', an Italian café and bistro.
Mr Kirkwood said the award recognised the work of the Byron beach Café's nearly 50 staff, as well as its suppliers.
The QANTAS Australian Tourism Awards are the industry's peak awards recognising and promoting business excellence.
The Byron Beach Café was one of three NSW businesses to win gold out of 29 categories and the only Byron Bay business.