DA lodged for new facilities at popular Cook at Kurnell cafe

Big changes are ahead for the popular beachfront Cook at Kurnell cafe, which has operated for the last four years from a converted vintage Airstream caravan.

A new, permanent building with a green rooftop terrace is proposed in plans, which aim to provide modern facilities while preserving the relaxed, beachy feel.

Owner Montana Tozzi said the cafe, which is located opposite Silver Beach near Bonna Point Reserve, could not continue operating in the present way.

"Our venue has a bit of rustic casual / Mediterranean vibe, which is what we wanted to achieve," she said.

"But, the council have been asking us to build a permanent structure.

"We were told there had been criticism the cafe looked like a shanty town - a description which I completely reject.

"We have submitted a DA (development application) for a permanent structure on one side and still hope to keep the alfresco area and caravan - probably just for coffees and takeaway."

Ms Tozzi said improved kitchen facilities would be an advantage.

"We are limited with the space because the vintage Airstream is small, which makes it difficult to meet the demand," she said.

The DA said the site was currently occupied by a mobile food truck, marquee, kiosk, toilet area, kids play area, fencing and seating

Proposed new works include:

  • Removal of existing marque
  • Construction of new cafe including kitchen, storage
  • Construction of new lift and stairs
  • Green roof terrace
  • New outdoor space area
  • New kids playground

Proposed operating hours are 7am to 10pm Monday to Saturday, 7am to 9pm on Sunday and 7am to 12.30am on New Years Eve, with music ceasing at midnight.

The DA seeks to increase the maximum allowable number of patrons from 100 to 150.

An extra four toilets and two more car parking spaces (six parking spaces in total) are proposed.

The DA also seeks approval of a facility where patrons can wash their pets.

The council refused an earlier application for such a facility.