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From Russia with love: new Plum owners

The owners of Plum Cafe In The Park have brought a touch of European influence to their new business venture in Kalgoorlie- Boulder’s Hammond Park.

Husband and wife team Victor Tcherkes and Uliana Nekrasova bought the business from Linda Donkin and they opened the doors to the cafe just three weeks ago.

Mr Tcherkes said the family-run business was still fine-tuning the menu and it was about striking the right balance of traditional favourites with dishes people might not have tried before.

“We have a lot of clients from when Linda was here and we are trying to add to what is already popular,” he said.

“We kept a lot of traditional things that people like to come here for like scones, chips and coffee.

“We are also slowly adding on and seeing what works and what doesn’t work and we’ve noticed the Russian meat pancakes and potato pies are doing really well.”

The couple who have been in Kalgoorlie-Boulder for just over five years have also enlisted the help of their 17-year-old daughter Sofia Nekrasova and Mr Tcherkes said her pizza and sushi offerings were also proving to be a hit.

“Our daughter likes to make pizza and sushi as well and she is really good at it,” he said. “She was a sushi chef in one of the restaurants here before.”

Mr Tcherkes said his wife was the driving force behind the business.

“My wife is particularly business-minded and she had a couple of businesses in Moscow before she came here,” he said. “She was always looking to get into a business here and the opportunity came up. She has worked in cafes and restaurants in Russia and she was working for her brother who had a pub in Moscow as a supervisor and manager.”

The couple have signed a five- year lease and Mr Tcherkes who used to work in security said winter was a good time to start the new venture.

“It’s the perfect time for us to get into it and not rush, and do things the right way,” he said.

“It’s just the atmosphere here; the people the wildlife — it’s a beautiful park, even when it’s not as busy, we still get to come here and enjoy it.

“It’s awesome and totally different to what I was doing before and I’m enjoying it.”

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