Council decides not to renew Salute cafe lease at Jetty kiosk

Yesterday Salute Espresso Cafe, who operate the kiosk at the Jetty, announced that Monday 26 April would be the last day of operation for them as the Coffs Harbour City Council had decided to not renew their lease after three years operation.

Salute posted the following announcement on local social media sites;

“To our friends, family & community.

Last week we took some hard news. Council has decided to not renew our lease at the Jetty kiosk so with a heavy heart we wanted to let you all know we will be serving our last friendly coffees and Acai bowls on the 26th April.

Thank you for the last 3 years.

They have been a whirlwind of hard work and laughs amongst the best people we could have imagined.

Whether you bought one coffee or 50 million acai bowls, we Thank YOU and we SALUTE YOU.

We are excited to continue to serve you at our town store which will be LAUNCHING Acai bowls and opening Monday -Saturdays 7-2pm!

Thank you for your love and support, we couldn’t have done it without you.”

A Salute Espresso video can be found at this URL;

In response to some angry response on local Facebook sites Cr Sally Townley posted the following comment; “This decision was made by staff not Councillors. As one of the elected Councillors, I am shocked to learn this sad news by reading it here on Facebook!!!”


Update – 12.08 p.m. – 8 April 2021;


Council can advise that the current lease expired in December 2020 and at the time the tenant was given formal notice of the expiration of the tenancy as per Council’s requirements under the Retail Leases Act. The tenant was advised that the Council would be undertaking a competitive expressions of interest process through an external independent agency for a new three year lease of the facility.

The expression of interest opened on 12 February 2021 and closed on 17 March 2021 and at the end of the period, 7 expressions of interest had been received, these were shortlisted to 3 who were interviewed.

On 31 March 2021 all applicants were advised of the outcome. The choice of the successful applicant was unanimous across the panel.

The successful applicant is Mr Jonathon Oates, who runs the Hub Café in Sawtell and Woolgoolga as well as the Hub Kiosk at the CEX International Stadium. Mr Oates is due to commence at the Jetty Foreshores on 21 May 2021.

3 thoughts on “Council decides not to renew Salute cafe lease at Jetty kiosk

  1. What a pity, such an integral part of the lives of many locals and visitors. Salute is a meeting place for walkers, groups and those who wish to be near the water. Yet another poor decision by our council.

  2. If the lease is able to be renewed, being a Council lease of retail space, there must be a procedure that Council staff follow.
    My question is; if the encumbent tenant has fulfilled the obligations under the terms and conditions of the lease and the lease is able to be renewed, does the Council procedure provide the opportunity for the encumbent tenant to have priority in being offered a new lease?
    Is there actually an approved Council procedure or, is there a Council appointed staff member who does not have a procedure to follow? It is all very well for Councillor Townley to be disappointed, has she sought an explanation?

    Editor; Hi Rodger the story has recently been amended to include a statement from the CHCC which goes some way to addressing the point you make above.

  3. The staff made this decision to mess with someone’s livelihood and not the councillors. Shame on them and shame on the council for unprofessional practice. So going by this logic, the reception staff at my mechanics should fix my car, or the reception staff at the medical centre should treat a medical condition. Halfwits. I personally will not be supporting the new vendor and I’m sure many others will feel the same.

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