STAWELL's Giovanna Monaghan always wanted to bring her home country of Peru to the residents of the town she calls home.
The idea of Pachamama Cafe was born and so the journey began.
It hasn't been smooth sailing for the opening of the cafe. Coronavirus restrictions forced the doors to close two weeks after it opened.
"It broke my heart," Giovanna said.
"I was so excited and was just starting to get into a routine and find my feet to then close was heartbreaking.
"Now I'm back it does take a little while to get back into it again."
Giovanna said she felt grateful the Stawell community had embraced the Peruvian food and were intrigued to try something new.
"We've had a lot of people try something new and like it so they have returned," she said.
"I thought people might take a while to try some things but everyone is willing to try."
With coronavirus restrictions changing constantly Giovanna said it had added extra pressure to the everyday running of the cafe.
"We have to be so careful with cleaning down everything after someone has been in here," she said.
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"We can't take any risks so the little bit we can do we will. It's not all bad we just have to learn new things and that's just part of business and life."
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