Mother and son serving up comfort food in pandemic
CORONAVIRUS may have cost him his job, but Brandan Tranberg said the pandemic would not stop him chasing his childhood dream.
In April, Mr Tranberg lost his job as The Dispensary venue manager as coronavirus restrictions strangled the hospitality industry.
Despite being burned by the pandemic, Mr Tranberg and his mother Paget's Good Day Cafe owner Leanne Tranberg, have teamed up to open their new restaurant and cafe, Yaw on Tuesday.
"It's something I've always wanted since I was a kid," Mr Tranberg said.
"(Coronavirus) definitely moved the timeline forward."
Mr Tranberg said while it was a scary time for the industry, there was never a risk-free time to jump into hospitality.
"Hospitality is always a troubling, risky industry," he said.
"So many things can go wrong, you can only do your best to do it right.
"You don't know what's happening tomorrow."
Mr Tranberg said the new eatery was fighting the health crisis, by bringing healthy, comfort food to Mackay.
"This is what I got into hospitality for," he said.
"It's not about food or money, it's about making people happy."
Mr Tranberg said the Gregory St cafe would bring a whole new culinary experience to Mackay, with ramen, vegan options, raw foods, and gluten free desserts lining their large grab and go fridge.
"We're trying to introduce Mackay to something different," he said.
Mr Tranberg said the popular Japanese noodle dish ramen was sure to be a hit in Mackay.
"In Japan there's ramen on every corner," Mr Tranberg said.
"It's a comforting mother's food.
"It's a part of trying to be homely and working with family."
In the first three hours of their opening day, Mr Tranberg said his cafe served 45 customers.
"Everyone has been so welcoming and nice," he said.
Despite it's popularity, Mr Tranberg said no one had guessed the story behind the eatery's unusual name.
"Everyone asks about the name but they never get it," Mr Tranberg said.
Mr Tranberg said 'Yaw' was a play on the palindrome "Yaw way".
Location: 1/43 Gregory St Mackay