Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Iconic Cafe Comes of Age; Car Chases & Ducks, All in a Day's Work

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Iconic Cafe Comes of Age; Car Chases & Ducks, All in a Day's Work

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Byline: Samantha Elley Samantha.Elley@northernstar.com.au

ANYONE who has travelled the Pacific Hwy between Sydney and Brisbane would know the Parkside Cafe at Woodburn.

It has been in the same spot since 1932 when it was a milk bar, according to owner Doug Rowan.

Mr Rowan recently celebrated 18 years of owning the iconic cafe.

"When I bought it, the cafe had just been three weeks as a 24-hour business," he said.

"So it has stayed the same."

Mr Rowan added a gift shop next door, which sells a variety of lollies, postcards, gifts and tobacco.

Many people from across the globe come into the cafe.

"I have a family of five from the United States who are regulars. They fly into Sydney every year, drive up and stay on the Gold Coast and fly out of Brisbane."

Being open all day, every day means Mr Rowan has seen plenty of memorable moments.

"One night a stolen car from Coffs Harbour was being chased by police and (four men) stopped and got out of the car and jumped our fence, ending up in our backyard," he said. …

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