KALV and Co cafe and wine bar open

KALV and Co Cafe is bringing something new to Naracoorte – and customers have been quick to give it the tick of approval.

The seven days a week cafe opened on Ormerod St last Thursday and was immediately overrun with customers wanting to see if the town’s newest eatery was the real deal.

The cafe is the brainchild of sisters Anna Wakefield and Vera Silvester and their husbands Les and Kevin (hence the acronym KALV), who saw a great opportunity for something unique in Naracoorte.

Anna and Les and their family had already established the Fitness Life 24 gym at 45 Ormerod St last year, presenting a great opportunity for a complimentary business right next door.

Anna and Vera explained that they were aiming to address a real need in Naracoorte with the cafe and wine bar.

“People are always saying the town needs somewhere other than a pub where you can have a wine, and you can have a coffee seven days a week,” Anna said. “I've been involved with the Caves Connection committee for the past 12 months and the number of tourists going through the park and not coming to Naracoorte is a real shame.

“Instead of seeing what Coonawarra has to offer because they know they can go to a cafe in Penola, see what else is in Naracoorte. We want to bring more business to town.”

Anna said the gym and the cafe complemented one another perfectly.

“It will work well with the gym being next door,” she said. “We have healthy food and indulgent food, somewhere to have breakfast and a coffee after gym.”

The cafe will offer joint specials and promotions with the gym, including seniors mornings on Tuesdays and Fridays with a workout from 9-10.30am with trainers, then half price morning tea at the cafe.

Serving Mahalia coffee, the cafe is open from 7am-5pm seven days a week.

The breakfast menu features everything from toast and jam, to pancakes and porridge, to smashed avocado, omelettes and a “big breakfast”. For lunch, indulge in a salad, a steak sandwich, baguettes, a chicken schnitzel and more. A special kids menu has tasty delights including toasted sandwiches, nuggets and chips and pancakes. If you’re on the run, try a smoothie, a freshly squeezed juice or an iced milk drink.

KALV and Co is currently operating as a cafe only but will soon be fully licensed as a wine bar, and the sisters are looking forward to offering a wide range of local wines as well as working tapas into the menu.

“Tapas is what we like to do ourselves,” Vera said. “Instead of a large meal we like to sit down with a glass of wine and graze and share – that’s what tapas is all about.”

See the KALV and Co advertising feature in this Thursday’s Naracoorte Herald