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Aqua seachange is a fresh start

Anthony Chouri and Marcus Prince have settled in as the new owners of Cafe Aqua.
Anthony Chouri and Marcus Prince have settled in as the new owners of Cafe Aqua. Leigh Jensen/ The

A LANDMARK local cafe is undergoing a revitalisation, thanks to new owners, who are themselves going through a reinvention.

Three weeks after taking over Cafe Aqua in Ocean Pde at Park Beach, Anthony Chouri and Marcus Prince couldn't be happier.

The pair moved from Melbourne to live near family and enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle.

They are now living on the Northern Beaches and running a cafe, which continues to be as popular as ever.

"Life is very hectic, but living here and running Cafe Aqua is more enjoyable than we could have ever expected," Anthony said.

While his parents had run pubs and cafes in the past, Anthony had carved a niche for himself in marketing, working for big ticket clients like the Sydney Opera House and the 2000 Olympics.

Marcus also spent 10 years in the travel industry.

Now the pair is relishing being caught up in the froth and hustle of Cafe Aqua.

"One of the big changes has been to open the cafe seven days a week from 7am to 3pm.

"We've changed the menus from breakfast and lunch to early and late editions and we're constantly adding new and delicious meals.

"We now have one of the most extensive gluten free menus in the area.

Anthony said taking over a cafe that had a loyal following for more than a decade was not without its challenges.

"We're always keen to hear what our customers have to say," he said.

"We are still serving up sensational coffee by the 2010 World Barista Champion Paul Bassett.

"But we're slowly adding a few touches we picked up from years of being on the customer side of Melbourne's cafe culture."

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