Shifting gears for Peta
After an absence from her hometown, Peta Williams left Geelong for a pit stop in Meningie to be with family, life long friends and refuel – while making some necessary adjustments and a much needed driver change.
Back in Meningie, Peta found herself relaxing on her verandah contemplating life and her two passions – interesting people and vintage collectables. Before she knew it, the idea of ‘Pitstop at 69‘ was on the kitchen table for consideration and soon, fast tracked to becoming a reality!
“Honestly, it was bit of a random idea at the time, I had heard snippets about The Bend Motorsport Park, but this had no influence on my theme for the shop. The Motorsport Park, only 53 kilometers away from Meningie, has been quite beneficial with regards to tourists and “word of mouth” – we’ve had new customers from all over Australia, and from overseas, who have heard about us,” Peta said.
“I’m an old soul at heart, I feel everything has a story to tell, and growing up in my grandpa’s garages with loads of old cars, trucks and machinery everywhere – I just wanted to open a motoring inspired cafe with loads of interesting collectables & amazing food.”
“I really had no idea how successful the concept would turn out to be, but my business has definitely gone full throttle,” Peta chuckled.
Pitstop at 69 is situated at 69 Princes Highway, Meningie, near the world renowned Coorong Wilderness Region, on the busy coastal road between Melbourne, Victoria and Adelaide, South Australia.
“It’s been a real buzz and I’ve enjoyed everything, especially creating an awesome menu for my local and international customers – the business seemed like the perfect fit for me at the time, but it is now time to move on.”
Another Coorong success story, Peta started Pitstop at 69 with only some small scale catering experience gleaned when she owned a School Canteen when living in Geelong.
“I’ve enjoyed the challenges and fun of my business, however I’ve reached the finish line and I’m ready to wave the chequered flag! I want to sell up and visit my boys Tyler (21) and Ryan (20) who remained working in Geelong, while my daughter Briony (18) who lives with me wants to pursue graphic art – I’m going to follow my heart and become a Youth Councilor in the Murraylands Coorong Region of South Australia.
Most racers need at least one Pitstop before the end of their race and most of us plan on a few before embarking on a long road trip. So if you would like to fulfil a life time dream of owning your own busy cafe, call Coorong Realty on (08) 8572 4555 or check out the Pitstop Cafe for Sale here.