VICTORIA Paris never had a taste for hot chocolate.
“It was only two years ago that I fell in love with it at Daylesford,” she said.
Ms Paris on Friday opened Linton’s new cafe Ruby Cocoa which, ironically, specialises in hot chocolate.
“Now we don’t have to drive 45 minutes to get one in Daylesford,” she said.
Ms Paris and her husband Brendan Vann will stock 20 flavours of Fraus hot chocolate at their new cafe.
The couple said opening the cafe was a dream come true.
“It was something that I wanted to do 20 years ago,” Ms Paris said.
“We moved up here six years ago and just decided to try it.”
Two months after finding the Sussex Street building, formerly the Linton General Store, the couple launched into renovations and tailoring the menu.
Head chef and friend Owen Telford has developed a breakfast and light lunch menu, with plans to serve dinners in the future.
With 34 years of cooking experience under his belt, Mr Telford said he wanted to make as many meals from scratch as possible.
“I want to try as much as possible to make everything myself,” he said.
“And to source everything locally as well.”
Ms Paris hopes to attract customers from all over the region.
“We are hoping to bring people from Ballarat to Linton,” she said.
“I love this town so much.”
Ms Paris named her new venture after her two great loves.
“Ruby, because I love the colour red, and cocoa because I love coffee,” she said.