New CBD cafe to cater to candy tastes with selfmade items

Over the years 300 Bolsover St has been home to many businesses, from The Green Eat to Margaret Strelows Chatroom Café to Diggery Dogs and now The Sugar Shack Café.

The Sugar Shack Cafe officially opened this week and is a patisserie and smoko style cafe with sweets and cakes.

Owner Matthew Westen makes most of the slices himself and will soon be putting gourmet donuts on sale as soon as his equipment arrives.

They also have two types of coffee on offer and it’s a new brand that is not currently used in Rockhampton.

“I’ve always been good at baking cakes and slices and thought why not,” he said.

“I worked in a bakery when I was 14 and never really lost my passion for it.

“I just made pudding cake today, the old school recipe, so it’s real egg pudding and we’re going to give it a modern twist.”

They also make their own jam with fresh products.

“The tarts have real pieces of fruit,” said Mr. West.

The Hervey Bay born man is no stranger to the business.

He previously owned the Big Inconvenience Store in Calliope which was closed due to COVID-19.

The word about the new café got around.

“It comes here, the hardest part is getting your name out there and getting people to recognize the store because it has been closed for a year,” West said.

“You get people to look in, but the next thing they have to do is stop.”

They are still testing what the clientele is with the residents of Depot Hill or the workers in the industrial area.

“We’re just trying to get through what people want,” West said.


Open Monday to Friday from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.

300 Bolsover St.

Order via Menulog and Door Dash possible