A brand new Café 63 franchise has landed at the Park Ridge Town Centre.

Cafe co-owners Hari Rana Bhat and Om Paudel bring over 10 years of hospitality experience working as chefs at a range of Brisbane restaurants, including Turkish, Spanish and Italian cuisine.

Hari and Om had been close friends since 2008 when they both moved to Australia from Nepal.

As the owner of two other Café 63 franchises, Hari had looked forward to the opportunity to open a third store with Om.

“I own Cafe 63 in Graceville and Springfield, and in the last couple of years have felt that there was a great opportunity to expand and open a third store,” Hari said.

“Om has been working at Cafe 63 Graceville for many years as a chef, and recently we decided to embark on a new opportunity together, as co-owners of Park Ridge.”

Left to right – Park Ridge Cafe 63 co-owners and friends, Om Paudel and Hari Rana Bhat.

Together they studied at TAFE, where they completed a certificate III in commercial cookery and a diploma of hospitality management.

They then worked together at Café 63 in Graceville from 2016.

After completing his studies in 2010, Hari’s journey towards owning a café was influenced by his friends.

“A couple of my friends had a café, and I was inspired by them … they were doing it all by themselves, and I thought ‘why not’,” he said.

“I liked the idea of opening Cafe 63.

“I started in Graceville in 2016, and in 2019 I had another one in Springfield, and 2021 in Park Ridge.”

Hari said the most rewarding thing about owning a café was the positive interactions with the customers.

“Once you get the customer dining in your place, and once they go with a happy face – a smiling face – that’s what’s most satisfying,” he said.

Cafe 63 at Park Ridge.

Om and Hari had been very supportive of both the Springfield and Graceville communities and planned to support the Park Ridge community as well.

“We are a community-based café …  it’s important for us to give back to the locals and be part of the community,” Hari said.

“Café 63 has a family friendly atmosphere and a menu which we believe the residents of Park Ridge and surrounding suburbs will enjoy.”

Their menu includes a full page of extras, which means customers can design their own meals.

Customers would also be also able to swap out food items from any meal free of charge.

With their exciting menu, dog friendly area and fresh flowers for sale, Café 63 will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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