Locally-run cafe set to open at Exmouth’s Ningaloo Centre

Alicia PereraPilbara News
Darlene Allston inside Café Muiron, the new café set to open in the Ningaloo Centre this week.
Camera IconDarlene Allston inside Café Muiron, the new café set to open in the Ningaloo Centre this week. Credit: Pilbara News, Alicia Perera

The once-empty cafe space inside the Ningaloo Centre will open its doors at the weekend with a well-known local cook at the helm.

Ningaloo Cooking Studio owner Darlene Allston is expanding her business by opening Cafe Muiron at the centre, under a lease approved by the Shire of Exmouth council in February.

Mrs Allston said she was excited to have a new home for her previously mobile business that could function as its “face” in the community.

“Opening a cafe is a pretty big move for us, given that it’s only been two years,” she said.

“I was looking to expand and have a shopfront to strengthen our position in terms of being able to provide catering that was convenient to the (Ningaloo) Centre, because we do do a lot of work here.”

“Our growth has been word-of-mouth primarily.

“People seem to be happy with the product, and I suppose that’s where the recommendations and positive word-of-mouth have come from.”

Darlene Allston at the coffee machine inside Café Muiron.
Camera IconDarlene Allston at the coffee machine inside Café Muiron. Credit: Pilbara News, Alicia Perera

Mrs Allston, who has 25 years of experience in food writing and photography, started Ningaloo Cooking Studio about two years ago, and the business has grown rapidly to provide catering for events ranging from weddings to boardroom meetings.

She said she was especially pleased to have secured the Ningaloo Centre cafe lease, given the building’s location and tourist appeal.

Cafe Muiron will sell food and drinks as well as homemade gourmet ice cream and cakes.

Ningaloo Cooking Studio’s existing catering and cooking classes will also operate from the shopfront.

The new business is expected to provide a handful of new local jobs.

Cafe Muiron is due to open this Saturday.

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