A NEW era is dawning for Bendigo cafe Crooked Kitchen, with a new owner and hopes for future expansion.
Friday will be founder Tara Stojic's last day at the helm, before handing over to Luke Goodson.
The cafe has been on the market for more than a year.
Ms Stojic expected her departure to be the only short-term change to the business, having handed over her recipes as part of the deal.
Mr Goodson's short-term plans involved refreshing the cafe's layout.
The Lyttleton Terrace cafe will permanently offer take-away meal service.
Mr Goodson, formerly of the Old Boundary Hotel, hopes to eventually branch out to a second, eat-in Crooked Kitchen cafe.
The Lyttleton Terrace site is otherwise expected to maintain the service and products customers have known and loved.
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"I loved the entire ethos of the place," Mr Goodson said, asked what attracted him to the business.
He appreciative of everything from the quality of the food, to the consideration of dietary requirements, to the friendly service, to the Lyttleton Terrace location.
"This is becoming quite the little eat street" Mr Goodson said.
He said Ms Stojic had built up an excellent business.
"I'm very proud to be taking over all she's built," he said.
Ms Stojic was 24 years old when she established Crooked Kitchen.
She thanked all those who had supported her business throughout the years.
"I hope they continue to support Luke," Ms Stojic said.
She had originally intended to travel once the cafe sold.
But, given the global pandemic, Ms Stojic has no immediate plans but to rest.
She has no intention of working in another kitchen any time soon.
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