Two Gold Coast restaurateurs and a celebrated artist have joined forces to help revitalise the Tedder Avenue restaurant precinct.

Visual artist Tracie Eaton has added her signature style to Natalie and Mark Perry’s third Gold Coast cafe, The Local Tedder Ave, opening this week. Mr and Ms Perry, owners of Cafe 7 and The Local Paradise Point, purchased the former Crema Espresso premises at the famed Tedder Avenue cafe strip last month amidst the Covid-19 pandemic with the vision of sharing their joy of connecting people and fostering a meeting place for the benefit of the Main Beach community.

“Our driving force is people. Our team is our family, and given the huge impact Covid has had, particularly on the hospitality sector, we want to create jobs and security for people and their families. We aim to offer a relaxed environment for our guests to enjoy a coffee, wine or beer. We aim to appeal to a wide market by offering a good selection of fresh and simple food, an inviting environment, and of course, great customer service. We genuinely appreciate our local customer support.”

The husband and wife team are also passionate about supporting the local arts industry, and commissioned Tracie Eaton to create a bespoke mural on a large 8m x 4.5m wall in the cafe’s outdoor seated area. “Painting on a large visible wall creates complexity as there are multiple viewing distances from very close to a street away,” said Ms Eaton. “Natalie and I wanted to bring a piece of nature to the concrete space that buildings create so my inspiration for the mural is very much the scenery of Tedder Avenue and surrounds, particularly the jacaranda trees. My intention was to create an atmosphere of space, openness and an invitation to the cafe.”

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