We are looking to open the first YamDaisy Cafe in Darebin, Melbourne. It will establish the model and serve the local community.
Why? It has a medium to high density population full of diversity. Students, working families and retired people are all likely to need YamDaisy meals at times.
10% of households have difficulty or anxiety about managing healthy daily meals. This makes it a good place to test whether YamDaisy meals can make a difference.
It is close by for the YamDaisy team, as we are based in Darebin. We have great local knowledge, networks and resources here. And we want to eat the first YamDaisy meals!
We have some steps to get us to the point where we can open a permanent cafe: Since 2013 we have been working with Reservoir Neighbourhood House. We began with a successful pilot project, the Pop-Up Cafe at Reservoir Neighbourhood House in 2014. We followed it up with TakeAway Pop-Ups at Darebin Community Health Centre, and Reservoir Neighbourhood House in 2015 and our Pop-Up Soup Bar in 2016.
The vision for the YamDaisy Café remains:
- A stand-alone café that works as a sustainable business by having a small staff, a well equipped kitchen, a small menu, and membership prices.
- It can be replicated wherever it is needed (which is practically everywhere).
- The food is delicious and responds to community needs, it is eat in, takeaway, and home delivery.
- YamDaisy meals can be recommended by doctors because we follow Australian Dietary Guidelines and do our best to cater to particular health needs.
- Chef/managers have room to be entrepreneurial while fitting into YamDaisy guidelines and being supported by a franchise style structure.
We developed this model to best make Eating Well Easier, especially for those who are struggling to have good meals daily.