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THE welcoming environment and friendly
greeting at Grind on Olive is just one part
of why this Albury restaurant has become
such a success story over the past few
Winners of Best Micro Business at the 2013 and
2014 the Albury Wodonga Chamber Business
Awards, Grind also recently won an Australian
Good Food Guide Readers Choice Award.
And it's not years of experience that has
put Grind on the map. It's sheer hard work,
enthusiasm and the good practice of continually
reviewing your business plan that has given
owners Veronica Wardle, 25, and Sally Whyte,
26, the best possible start in their first venture
Opened in 2012, Grind was not initially what
Veronica (Ronnie) and Sally were anticipating
after finishing their chef's apprenticeships in
Melbourne several years ago and doing some
"We came back from overseas and it was
2am in the morning and my parents picked
us up and said there's a restaurant for sale in
Albury and our first response was hell no!"
Ms Wardle said.
"We were only young and didn't really
picture ourselves living in Albury. But we
thought about it and realised that it was
inevitable that we would have a restaurant
ourselves. The price was right -- if it didn't
work out it wouldn't ruin us and we knew
there'd be an immediate market with the
Tax Office being built behind us."
A year later they were picking up awards
and it's this process that has given them the
impetus to continually get better.
"I think everyone should have a go at
nominating," Ms Wardle said.
"It really gives you a chance to reflect
back on your business and what you have
"It made us realise how far we had come
and we identified that we were going okay
but it also showed some bits that we hadn't
done. Things like getting to a point where
we could develop an advertising budget
and put some marketing in place."
Ms Wardle said it was also great to get a
pat on the back for all the hard work.
"When you win awards it can change your
general 'bar'. We actually didn't have a 'bar'
and then won that and then it was okay
how do we get better and raise it further?"
Buying Grind on Olive was a three year
plan that has now come to fruition. The
business is currently on the market and the
pair are planning their next venture.
"We are not sure exactly what the next step
will be," Ms Wardle said.
"It could be overseas, it might be
Melbourne and we have a few ideas about
Albury as well. We'll wait and see."
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