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HORSESHOE BAY Café, Bowen, is getting a makeover.

Construction began on January 30 and is expected to finish up on February 16, if all goes to plan.

Horseshoe Bay Café is known for its great live music and extraordinary views of Horseshoe Bay, which is a favourite for locals and visitors.

Horseshoe Bay is surrounded by two large, stone boulders that offer a haven for an amazing variety of fish and coral, just a short swim from the beach.

This makes the café a great stop for people during their beach exploring.

David and Jill Paddon have owned Horseshoe Bay Cafe for three years, but it’s been a part of Bowen’s township for the better part of 50 years.

The renovations are mostly inside the café but there are some new seats being put out the front.

Mr and Mrs Paddon had hoped they would be back open and ready to go on February 11, but material delays due to a train derailing, in South Australia, have forced them to push back their opening until February 16.

Mrs Paddon said she wasn’t shy about getting her hands dirty during the renovations and her staff were thankful that they still have hours, during the close.

“Some staff have holiday pay but others are coming in and helping with the renovations,” Mrs Paddon said.

“We’re just waiting on the floors to be delivered, so it’s been delayed until February 16.

“What’s exciting is, we’re getting a new cocktail machine that will use premium ingredients.

“The new cocktail machine means we can get consistency with every cocktail, and it does them in 30 seconds and then we just have to garnish them.”

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