L-R Susie Smith, Ankia Kriel, Matt Burnett, Francois Kriel, and Zoe Kriel, 11, cut the ribbon at the Muffin Break opening, Gladstone Square Shopping Centre.
L-R Susie Smith, Ankia Kriel, Matt Burnett, Francois Kriel, and Zoe Kriel, 11, cut the ribbon at the Muffin Break opening, Gladstone Square Shopping Centre. Luka Kauzlaric

Fresh food, good coffee inspires locals to open Muffin Break

ONE of Gladstone's newest businesses officially opened its doors last week, and its wares were instantly selling like hot cakes. Well, hot muffins.

Muffin Break at the Gladstone Square Shopping Centre was declared open on July 4 by Gladstone Regional Council deputy mayor Matt Burnett.

And the café chain mascot, the Muffin Man, was also in attendance.

Local couple Ankia and Francois Kriel own the Gladstone franchise, and Ankia said their love of fresh food and good coffee had inspired the business decision.

"We have wanted to open our own café as long as I can remember," she said.

"Having worked in the hospitality industry, I know the massive responsibility involved in retail."

"Francois and I did consider starting our own business from scratch but ultimately opted for a franchise set-up because we've never run our own business before."