The rate of unemployment for people living with a disability is unacceptably high, so it’s wonderful to see an organisation providing a solution on the Central Coast of NSW. The recently opened Breaking Grounds Café was designed to connect people in a fully inclusive place while providing work opportunities for people with a disability.
Breaking Grounds Cafe, Tuggerah – accessible Central Coast
Breaking Grounds Café is located in Tuggerah and its concept was developed by the well-known team at Royal Rehab. Having an accessible café will be a welcome addition to the Central Coast community. The employment opportunities and training it will offer people with disabilities, including those facing challenges such as poor mental or physical health, long-term unemployment, unmet educational goals, or homelessness will be priceless.
We had planned to support the café by having afternoon tea but unfortunately our day didn’t go to plan and we arrived five minutes before closing. Staff were extremely accommodating and let me run around and take photos and answered my questions.
I’d read about the height adjustable bench which was purpose-built to ensure an employee in a wheelchair or of any height can access it. The café’s espresso machine was donated by All press coffee and an automatic coffee grinder and tamp also add to the accessibility for staff.
As with any business, being in a central location makes all the difference. Breaking Grounds Café is located in a building which houses disability support services, medical clinics and opposite Bunnings.
Breaking Grounds Café – accessibility
Several accessible parking bays are located out the front of the café in the open-air car park.
Step-free entry is provided to the café on the left-hand side of the café.
The main counter is at a good height for wheelchair users to be able to order with ease.
The café was designed to ensure ease of access for both customers and staff with chairs easily removed from any of the tables for a wheelchair user, good circulation space throughout and a lowered bench bar marked as accessible to wheelchair users.
Breaking Grounds Cafe is open weekdays 8am-3pm for breakfast, lunch and takeaway. Breakfast is served until 1030am and there’s a good range of hot options including omelettes, avocado mash, bacon and egg rolls and more. At lunch there is a limited menu but it does include Braeden’s favourite, hot chips. There is a good selection of sandwiches, wraps, melts and salads. Cakes and pastries are also on offer.
Keep an eye on Breaking Grounds Cafe’s website for updates as the cafe is quite new at the time of writing and I’m sure it will become a local favourite and will evolve over time.
You can find Breaking Grounds Cafe opposite the Tuggerah Super Centre on the ground floor, 1 Bryant Drive, Tuggerah.
Looking for a good accessible place to stay on the Central Coast? Take a look at our review of Ocean Beach Holiday Park.