Robbie McEwen Chooses Australian Outdoor Living’s Blinds for His Miami, QLD Café

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Situated under the Miami Beach Surf Club, Piccolo Espresso is one of Miami, QLD’s most popular and attractive cafes. Owned by former professional road cyclist Robbie McEwen, the café is a favourite with locals and tourists alike.

Recently, Robbie faced an uphill battle…not as difficult as Stage 10 of the Tour de France perhaps, but tricky nonetheless. His outdoor café blinds were in a state of disrepair and he needed to find suitable replacements.

These were Piccolo Espresso's outdoor blinds before Australian Outdoor Living got involved.
These were Piccolo Espresso’s outdoor blinds before Australian Outdoor Living got involved.

What happened next?

“With what we’ve got now, the place looks probably even better with the blinds down than it does with them up!” -Robbie McEwen
“With what we’ve got now, the place looks probably even better with the blinds down than it does with them up!” -Robbie McEwen

Thankfully Cube Racing’s, Ben Henry – who AOL have supported for several years now – is a good mate of Robbie’s, and was kind enough to refer Mr McEwen to our Australian Outdoor Living team in Loganholme, when he heard of Robbie’s interest in Outdoor Blinds. Ben knew that Robbie would want the latest and greatest!

Our hands-on General Manager, Ian Hall was only too happy to personally provide Robbie with a friendly service to share his expert advice … and eventually, a great product (see the pictures below). As smooth as a velodrome surface, the whole experience left Robbie more than satisfied.

With Ian’s knowledge and information, Robbie was able to decide on a custom designed solution. Within just a few weeks Sean, our very handy and talented senior Outdoor Blind Technician, and Ian were back at Piccolo Espresso to ensure a smooth installation and final hand-over to Robbie.

“With what we’ve got now, the place looks probably even better with the blinds down than it does with them up!” Robbie said. “The whole process was really, really easy. [Australian Outdoor Living] came down and measured up and gave suggestions…and found solutions to all obstacles thrown their way.”

These obstacles included the strong South Easterly winds, a tree that severed the outdoor space in two and a peculiar building shape that required curved awnings.

Once completed, Robbie was astounded. “It’s just given the café such a nice, new, fresh, clean look. Because we’re very close to the beach we needed something that closed off to keep the weather out, could handle the wind and keep our customers dry and warm and comfortable…The blinds look really nice.”

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We were lucky enough to get some Australian Outdoor Living merchandise signed by Robbie himself!

Do you want your own clear views? Check out our selection of clear and tinted café blinds.

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About Alex Kuchel

This is Alex. Alex is the National Brand Manager at Australian Outdoor Living (AOL). By day, she’s a member of AOL’s marketing team. She helps to conjure up ideas on how best to promote Australian Outdoor Living and enjoys working with a pretty awesome team of clever cookies. By night (and weekends), she enjoys the company of her family and friends. She’s a big believer in sun shine and does her best to enjoy it with those she loves most.”