Serving a tea and a Toastee at new George Street coffee shop

TOASTEE: Former Townsend's Bakery co-owner Leigh Townsend and Toastee owner Nick Kaine toast the opening of a new business. Picture: Scott Gelston
TOASTEE: Former Townsend's Bakery co-owner Leigh Townsend and Toastee owner Nick Kaine toast the opening of a new business. Picture: Scott Gelston

After 40 years as Launceston’s home of cakes and pastries, 55 George Street is now a hotbed of coffee shop favourites.

Toastee’s second store opened on George Street just a few short weeks ago after a “hard slog” to renovate the former Townsend’s Bakery site

“We’ve had a few speed bumps along the way and some issues with equipment, but it’s all worth it,” owner Nick Kaine said.

Former Townsend’s co-owner Leigh Townsend was on-hand to have a look at the new coffee shop just days out from its official opening.

He had a few words of advice for the budding business owner.

“Work hard, pay your bills and you’ll be fine,” he said. 

“It’s not a big secret, you just need to work hard – you never stop when you own a small business.”