A new contemporary cafe and restaurant with more than 100 menu items has landed at Westpoint in Browns Plains.
Fresh Morning owner Iqbal Singh, who opened the cafe on August 27, was formerly a professional sprinter in India but said he has decided to follow his passion for food and hospitality.
After being forced out of athletics due to a recurring hamstring injury, Mr Singh moved to Australia in 2008 and studied hospitality and business management at Shafston International College in Kangaroo Point.
“My hobby is cooking,” he said.
“After sports, I would go in and cook myself everything handmade to eat a proper diet – I loved to cook in that time.”
Mr Singh said he first learned how to cook from his family.
While studying in Australia, he drove Ubers to support himself.
Mr Singh spent five years working in various restaurants and cafes in Queensland.
In 2018 he received a hospitality franchise, but lost the business due to Covid last year.
“After 10 months I took the decision to go by myself and open my own brand, and the one I made is Fresh Morning Cafe and Restaurant,” he said.
“Fresh Morning is all Western-culture foods,” he said.
In the future, Mr Singh plans to extend and grow the business, with the potential to add Indian food to the menu, which he says is often requested by customers.
The style of Fresh Morning is bright, modern, and natural.
“It’s a nice space and a nice climate inside, with nice food, fresh coffee and fresh cooking,” he said.
“The food is good quality and good quantity … I’m finding on reviews that everyone is telling me they are happy,” he said.
Mr Singh said he appreciated the support he had received from customers since opening the cafe.
Fresh Morning can hold more than 90 people inside, making it a great option for celebrations and special occasions.