WALKING into The Laneway Café in East St, you'd be forgiven for thinking you were in trendy inner-city Melbourne.
In fact, this is exactly where owner Will Fowles found the inspiration for the retro-grunge coffee spot.
Spray painted skateboards are a feature of the red brick walls, colourful umbrellas hang from the ceiling and coffee is served from a vintage VW Kombi.
Will said many coffee shops in Rockhampton felt generic, but hoped his unique style would win locals over.
"We thought there was an opportunity to do something grungy and cool, in keeping with the famous cafés of Melbourne's laneways," he said.
"We have sensational coffee, cool and eclectic surroundings, and a really different atmosphere."
Manager Amy Horan said the business also had a community focus, featuring local artwork for sale throughout the café.
She said this made for quite a few interesting conversations with customers.
"I really enjoy talking to customers and getting to know them," she said.
Amy said she loves coming to work every day and is excited about the future of The Laneway Café.
"We want to make this a place where people can escape reality."
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