REVEALED: Warwick business owner steams towards sushi train
HE'S the man behind some of the Rose City's most popular businesses and now, just days after opening the town's newest store, David Baek is planning his next big venture.
The owner of the newly-opened Bread Factory, Vit Wrap and Roll and the coming Mane St Barber and Cafe Roze stores, Mr Baek is also working on plans for a sushi train-style restaurant.
Mr Baek said the food outlet would be Australia's first shabu-shabu train.
"Shabu-shabu is a Japanese hot pot dish, but this way customers will be able to choose their ingredients from the train and add them to their own individual hot pot,” he said.
"It's something very new and exciting for Warwick, along with the sushi train.”
Five years ago, Mr Baek saw opportunity in Warwick and made his first investment here, bringing Warwick's first sushi shop to town.
In July last year, Mr Baek's company Gold Sushi, opened the popular Vit Wrap and Roll in the food court, and on Saturday celebrated the opening of his latest investment, Bread Factory.
In coming weeks Mr Baek will also open Mane St Barbers (opposite Donut King) and Cafe Roze near the new Fitzroy St entrance to the centre.
Mr Baek said Warwick had been an exciting place to expand his growing business portfolio, which includes more than 20 sushi restaurants across the East Coast of Australia.
"The town is growing,” he said. "In the last five years, I've watched the traffic in Rose City Shoppingworld increase and with this redevelopment, I wanted to be a part of it,” he said. "Rose City Shoppingworld is the second-busiest McConaghy Group centre.
"The centre management have been very helpful to me and the people in Warwick are very friendly and everyone knows each other, so word of mouth spreads quickly when you have a quality product.”
Mr Baek has been a chef for 40 years, working in five-star hotels including Miami Hyatt Regency in the US, the Sydney Sheraton and the Wollongong Novotel.
His long-time friend and five-star pastry chef Jae Chun is the man behind the recently opened Bread Factory's unique offerings.
"He is very experienced and makes very high quality breads and pastries,” Mr Baek said.
"His specialities are European-style pastries like croissants and Danishes, sourdough and Italian and German breads.
"The prices will be a little higher than in the supermarkets, but top-class quality.”