Change Someone’s Life While Digging Into Delicious Food At This Shire Cafe

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What if we told you that you could order a delicious breakfast or lunch while helping young people gain access into education, training and employment. We're all for it!

Menai-based 'Cafe Y' is not just a cafe, instead, it's a social enterprise that's run by Project Youth, a group who create opportunities for young people so they can determine their own future.

The staff you meet as you enter the cafe are young people doing work experience that are supported by Cafe Y Staff and Project Youth Support Workers.

In just three years over 180 young people have done work experience in Cafe Y. This has lifted them out of homelessness, family hardship, mental health issues and substance abuse.

So, not only will your belly feel full after eating their delicious food but so will your heart!

Support Local AND Support A Great Cause!

Cafe Y gives youth an opportunity to understand workplace expectations, gain knowledge and skills for future employment in the hospitality sector.

The young cafe staff are enthusiastic people who are eager to bring a positive change to their world and our local Shire community.

Manager of Cafe Y, Jennifer, explained how they handle their profits for their advocacy. “We employ a circular approach in our earnings. The entirety of our revenue goes directly to the education, training, and employment of young individuals, which in turn opens them to more opportunities in the future.”

Our advocacy is no secret to our diners. In fact, we let them know about our purpose. It makes them feel good and even more thrilled to buy from our cafe and support our cause.”  

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Become A Cafe Y Loyalty Member

Earn points and redeem exclusive Deals and Discounts happening from Cafe Y, simply fill out the form below to become a VIP. They have a GREAT one-time offer waiting for you inside the Shire Rewards app just for signing up!

Fresh Food and Coffee For All

Now let's dive into this delicious menu, I'm hungry!

If you're craving a breakfast that'll fix your morning mood why not try the smashed avocado, a bacon and egg roll, a veggie breaky or a granola bowl for something sweet.

We've got good news for those who like a good sleep in, Cafe Y's breakfast menu is available all day long and the items range from $8 to only $15! That's bang for your buck.

Lunch options include tasty burgers, freshly made sandwiches and even DIY poke bowls where you can pick your protein and sauce. YUMMM!

Do yourself a favour and try a milkshake or one of their specialty frappes - they're our go-to!

A Cafe That Caters For Events In Menai And Surrounding Suburbs

Not only does Cafe Y serve delicious food at their own tables but they can also cater signature specials for your next event.

Whether you have a birthday party, meeting, conference or other event coming up, Cafe Y is ready to serve up their scrumptious scones, slices and coffee.

The cafe currently has a new catering menu underway and encourage anyone interested in their service to contact the staff for a quote on catering. For more visit here.

Gain Practical Hospitality Skills In The Workplace

In line with Cafe Y’s advocacy and partnership with Project Youth, an 11-week hospitality training program is available in the cafe.

The training course takes place four times a year to help youth gain practical skills and experience in hospitality.

The course serves as training for young people that are passionate about the hospitality industry, whether they want to become a chef, nurse or hotel manager.


Accommodating Cafe Ambience and Space

Cafe Y has a heart for the youth so the staff are always welcoming. They ensure that customers always leave full and with a smile on their face.

Customer interaction with staff is so important at Cafe Y as it sets an expectation for those doing work experience on what a cafe environment should always be like.

Jennifer disclosed to the Shire Talk team how they guarantee customer satisfaction. “It all starts with the environment and ambience we have in Cafe Y. We make sure that everything is clean and in proper order, from the arrangement of the tables and seats to the sanitation of the floor, tabletops, and counter.” 

Our customers can eat comfortably in groups inside our cafe. If they prefer to dine al fresco, they can also take advantage of our accommodating and outdoor aesthetic set-up.

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Become A Cafe Y Loyalty Member

Earn points and redeem exclusive Deals and Discounts happening from Cafe Y, simply fill out the form below to become a VIP. They have a GREAT one-time offer waiting for you inside the Shire Rewards app just for signing up!

Cafe Y is The Talk Of The Town

Cafe Y is truly a one-of-a-kind cafe in Menai, famous for it's food, service and sheer goodwill. While serving delectable food they also ensure they're doing good for the community’s future.

After all, the youth of today are tomorrow’s future! Visit Cafe Y’s Facebook and Instagram to find out more information and updates.

Visit Cafe Y Today!

Opening Hours: Tuesday -Friday 7:30am til 2pm and 7:30am til 12:30pm Saturday.

Location: 34 Allison Cres, Menai NSW 2234

Phone: 9543 6440

Social Media: Facebook Instagram

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Cameron Laing
Owner | Local Supporter
Shire Talk