In what could be a strong indication the wet season is coming to an end, the popular Pop Rocket Cafe is back in action as of today.
Traditionally open in May, due to popular demand the pop-up space is back in business one month early.
Now double the size with the addition of a commercial kitchen, the team behind the Pop Rocket Cafe, Bec Gooley and Mick Armstrong have big plans for the year ahead.
Despite the ongoing Katherine Town Council rejuvenation of the hot springs happening right next door, the cafe has opened one month early and will be running until much later in the year.
And there are plans to operate late a couple of evenings per week as well.
After a five month hiatus over the NT wet season, owners Bec Gooley and Mick Armstrong said the move is a response to the loud voices in the community requesting more night-time options.
"We can see there is a strong demand for things to do at night here in Katherine, and we are responding to what is missing in the market," Mrs Gooley said.
"What we are planning will be unique in that we are outside and putting on a share plate experience.
"It will have a Territory flavour, lots of local tastes while making sure it is simple food, but high quality food."
As for the day time trade, residents and tourists can expect the usual fare from last year, with new things to come as the season settles in.
"At the moment we are keeping all of our specials, as they did so well last year.
"But we'll be keeping things fresh with new additions over the coming months," Mrs Gooley said.
Day one of trade has already seen the small but dedicated team run off their feet, attesting to the high demand for quality food options in the town.
"We were really surprised by how many people came by this morning for a coffee and breakfast, we didn't think too many people would know we were open because we usually start later in the year.
"It has been a fantastic response, and we are very excited for the year ahead," Mrs Gooley said.
While the ongoing Hot Springs rejuvenation is still a bit of an eyesore, the owners said it has not impacted their business too significantly.
"We are looking forward to it being completed," Mrs Gooley said.
"Unfortunately with the ongoing work, we won't really be able to do our bike hire, which is a real shame. People used to have so much fun doing the circuit.
"Now we only really hire the bikes out to experienced riders who want to hit up the mountain bike trails."
The Pop Rocket Cafe is open from 7am to 3pm seven days per week.
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