Based on a philosophy steeped in military tradition, Café Two 14 is determined to ensure there’s No One Left Behind as a result of COVID-19.
Founder Michael Lorrigan, who served with the 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment (Queensland Mounted Infantry) after which the café is named, is passionate about looking after veterans and other people in need in our community.
And while, like other cafes and restaurants he’s had to change his business model due to COVID-19 restrictions, he’s found a way to help those doing it tough.
Michael started the No One Left Behind initiative, where customers can pay it forward and buy a meal for someone in need.
Anyone can now go to the website and buy breakfast or lunch for someone doing it tough, and they can buy as many meals as they like. Each costs $10.
“We had someone purchase 20 meals,” Michael says.
So far, his cafes at Strathpine, Chermside (2) and Capalaba have provided 200-250 meals bought by their customers for others.
“We try to do 20 meals a day across the cafes, around five per store,” he says. “I was blown away when I first advertised it, people just kept purchasing them. That first 24-48 hours, we did over 100 meals.”
Café Two 14 has adopted Michael’s old military unit’s green and white patch colours and motto. “forward”.
“It’s also based around creating a successful commercial business to give us the ability to donate to veteran mental health and welfare,” Michael explains.
If you’re keen for a coffee, burger, bagel, toastie, breakfast or something sweet, pop in for takeaway or phone ahead to order on 3048 1401.
More of Dan and Melissa Costelloe’s customers have discovered their massive takeaway menu since COVID-19 restrictions forced them to close the dining room at Uno Caffe and Pizzeria.
The menu is extensive with Italian cuisine favourites including woodfired pizzas, pasta and risotto, as well as burgers, main meals, desserts, breakfast options, coffee and other drinks.
They also sell beer, wine, cider and selected pre-mixed drinks with food orders to be delivered or picked up.
Dan says the number of customers phoning the restaurant to order meals and coffee to be delivered or picked up has increased dramatically, so have Uber Eats and Menulog orders.
And while they’re grateful for the support, Dan and Melissa are missing their customers and can’t wait to welcome them back to the dining room when restrictions ease.
“Our customers are fantastic. One of our customers gave us a card and a really nice gift, it brought a tear to my eye,” Dan says.
So, if you’re wondering what to have for breakfast, lunch or dinner, take a look at their website and order online or over the phone.
Strathpine Centre is at 295 Gympie Road, Strathpine. Visit the website for details.