Family-run Titahi Bay cafe will fill a gap – owners
Cafe 236 opens its doors to the public this Saturday and its owners hope they become a fixture in Titahi Bay.
Jason Wilson and partner Moana Thomas hoped to have the cafe – which is among the three shops on Bay Rd – open in December. But, as with many projects, there were delays as they juggled family life and fulltime jobs.
‘‘We have a few things to do but we’re on target for Saturday,’’ Mr Wilson says. ‘‘It’s been hard work to get to this point but we’re really exciting to finally be opening.’’
Plenty of curious locals and passers-by have dropped in the past few months to ask what’s happening, as Mr Wilson was carrying out refurbishments inside.
They will offer Ripe brand coffee, icecreams and homemade cooking. Carrot cake, cheesecake, muffins, scones, slices and sandwiches will be on the menu, all made on-site, and more tasty options to come.
‘‘Once we get into a routine, we’ll be fine,’’ she says. ‘‘It’s just important to get up and running.’’
Their three older children will help run the cafe, making it a real family affair.
The intimate size of the cafe allows for just 10 people seated inside, although there will be chairs outside. Mr Wilson has organised prints of old black-and-white scenes of the Bay to adorn the walls, and he hopes to have a ‘‘locals’ wall’’ to show off photos. Down the track, paddleboards will be available to hire at Cafe 236, he says.
‘‘We want this to be somewhere for both tourists and local people to regularly come to. There’s nothing like this in this part of the Bay, so we’re filling a gap.
‘‘The news has spread pretty fast about what we’re doing, so hopefully we get that support.’’
The opening hours are still to be confirmed, but are likely to be 7am to 1pm Tuesday to Friday, 8am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday, and closed Monday.
Hours are likely to vary between summer and winter.
Ready to go: Moana Thomas and Jason Wilson, with 9-monthold Karanga Te Ao Marama, at the counter of Cafe 236, with the carrot cake and cheesecake that are bound to become customers’ favourites.