Fam­ily-run Ti­tahi Bay cafe will fill a gap – own­ers

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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