Jack’s Café Penshurst

Former Bethany girl, Tamara Adzic, has recently opened Jack’s Café Penshurst. After graduating from Bethany College in 2011, Tamara pursued her interest in finance studying a Bachelor of Accounting at the University of Technology, Sydney. Although Tamara enjoyed her degree interning with Johnson & Johnson and TNT Express, it was not until she was presented with the opportunity to study in Denmark that Tamara found a new passion. “Every corner I turned there where these amazing café’s, completely different to anything I had seen in Sydney,” she said. With her semester in Denmark coinciding with the end of her degree Tamara was faced with the prospect of life post-University.  “I had already been offered a graduate position with a great company, but at the back of my mind I knew that I wanted something else.” It was in this time that Tamara explored the idea of opening her own café, an idea that was becoming more feasible, the more she pursued it. After months of planning and negotiations, Jack’s Café Penshurst opened in July this year.  With the café employing two full-time chefs as well as a number of former students, including her sister Lora, last years School Captain, Tamara has learnt a lot about being a small business owner. “I didn’t realise it was going to be so demanding, but so fulfilling at the same time,” she remarks. With the café serving breakfast and lunch options as well as a range of alternating cakes, word has quickly spread around the Bethany community. “It’s so nice to see all the support from Bethany girls, we’ve had girls coming in after school as well as girls that were grades above me in school who have heard about Jack’s through Instagram or Facebook.” So what’s next for this 21 year-old small business owner? “I remember being in Year 12 and telling Mr. Donlan that my goal was to win the Telstra Business Award, so we’ll just have to wait and see [laughs]”.