BEN McKenna thought Orange was in need of “a cheeky little place on a Friday night,” so he decided to take over the operation of Factory Expresso on Friday nights and open a cocktail bar with food from 6pm until about midnight.
Mr McKenna said he had run similar operations in Melbourne and decided Orange was the perfect place to operate his next venue which specialises in tex mex food and cocktails.
The venue is aimed at young professionals, particularly those keen on a finding a different option other than a pub.
“Our prices are also cheap, with most drinks ranging from $7.50 to $15,” Mr McKenna said.
RUGBY league legend Wayne Pearce will visit Orange on June 16 to raise awareness of youth unemployment.
Mr Pearce will address a business breakfast at the Orange Ex-Services Club, organised by Sureway Employment and Training to highlight the challenge to business operators of generating 20 new jobs for young people.
Sureway area manager Craig Ryan is appealing to all sections of the business community to support the project and to help Sureway provide that first step.
“Youth unemployment is a major concern for the whole community,” he said.
“Our goal is to assist 20 young people into full-time employment by the end of July.
“This is an ambitious goal, however, we know by using traineeships, apprenticeships and wage subsidies we have the ability to make a difference to youth unemployment.”
The breakfast will be held from 7am to 8.45am, with bookings to be made by June 11 by calling Belinda King on 0402 199 347.
Simone’s essential role
SIMONE Reading is Essential Energy’s new community relations manager for the South Eastern region. Ms Reading has been with Essential Energy for seven years, most recently working on Essential Energy’s intelligent network program.