Cafe cul­ture re­turns to Bay

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

A new cafe for Ti­tahi Bay prom­ises good food, good cof­fee and even the chance to hire a pad­dle­board.

Cafe 236 owner Ja­son Wil­son ac­knowl­edges he and his part­ner Moana are tak­ing a risk, but they have faith it will pay off.

The cafe will be in the set of three shops in Bay Rd, with a masseuse and sign-writ­ing com­pany on ei­ther side. There is am­ple park­ing op­po­site and the cafe is a stone’s throw from the beach.

The cafe takes its name from the first three dig­its of the sub­urb’s tele­phone num­bers.

Mr Wil­son is do­ing al­most all of the fit-out and paint­ing, and hopes to have the busi­ness ready in early De­cem­ber.

‘‘It’s been a cafe be­fore, so there is a his­tory there. I was asked to do some work on the build­ing’s ceil­ing and the land­lord came in, we got talk­ing, and I made a de­ci­sion on the spot. I’ve grown up in the Bay, I know we need a cafe here, and we’re go­ing to make this a success. Shops have come and gone but if you have a good prod­uct, peo­ple will come.’’

It will be typ­i­cal cafe fare, with muffins, scones, sand­wiches, cold drinks and cof­fee (Ripe is the brand) avail­able, with one spe­cial he knows will draw in the pun­ters.

‘‘ I’m go­ing to get paua from Chatham Is­lands Seafoods, fresh from the night be­fore. Streaky ba­con paua frit­ters will be a spe­cial­ity. There is love go­ing into this food.’’

There will be a ‘‘lo­cals wall’’ for pho­tos, and large scenic prints on an­other wall. Ten peo­ple can be com­fort­ably seated in­doors. There will also be out­side ta­bles and chairs.

Ocean Out­fit­ters, Mana, has come on board and peo­ple will be able to hire pad­dle­boards, Mr Wil­son says.

‘‘I’m really ex­cited, I can’t wait for it to be open. Re­al­is­ti­cally, we know it’s not go­ing to make us mil­lion­aires but we’re go­ing to keep it sim­ple and we want to add some­thing to the com­mu­nity.’’

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