-by Chelsea McPherson
SOY Asian Cuisine first opened its door three years ago to provide Hervey Bay with a popular Asian cuisine with a modern twist.
Owner Maggie Geale grew up in Hervey Bay, achieving a degree in Commerce and majoring in Accountancy at USC.
Pairing this with 15 years of hospitality experience, Maggie said she saw the opportunity of having a small restaurant that compliments other existing businesses in the region.
A university lecturer once told her that when starting a business, it is important to have qualities that set you apart from the others.
It was this advice that led her to establishing and opening SOY Asian Cuisine, seven days a week, as a smaller, family type restaurant that sources as much as possible from local growers and suppliers.
When asked about some of the challenges she has faced over the past three years, Maggie said that being able to easily adapt to the times was a key ingredient to success.
She said having support from her “fantastic staff” and support from the Fraser Coast community was also a big factor in being able to grow the business.
Maggie believes that there is something new to be learned every day.
She told Alive that some of her staff members are young Hervey Bay locals on their own path to success, and she considers it an honour to be a part of those journeys.
“It’s lovely to see them grow with confidence, to always be attentive and themselves with the customers,” Maggie said.
“Some valuable life skills that they are able to learn include the importance of family, hygiene, honesty and loyalty.”
SOY Asian Cuisine offers home and business deliveries seven days a week, so if you’re looking for fresh, modern Asian cuisine, look no further than Maggie and her team at Main St, Pialba.