New cafe adds to Bay ap­peal

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON MCCON­NELL

What do a Porirua real es­tate agent and an English sci­en­tist have in com­mon? A new cafe in Ti­tahi Bay.

Kris­ten Zaloumis and An­gela McGann started Lifeboat Cafe in Bay Drive last month.

Nei­ther of the women had worked in hos­pi­tal­ity be­fore, but McGann, who trained as a sci­en­tist, said it was no big deal.

’’ It’s just mix­ing in­gre­di­ents rather than mix­ing chem­i­cals,’’ she said.

McGann said be­ing a mother of five meant she had plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence in cook­ing.

The co-own­ers met in Novem­ber at an open home run by Zaloumis.

McGann had just moved from Bri­tain and the two be­came firm friends.

Zaloumis said the cafe idea came about af­ter a few wines and laughs.

‘‘It’s all been a bit of a whirl­wind,’’ she said.

‘‘ This to­tally all came about be­cause we love cook­ing and had a laugh to­gether.’’

She said one of the se­crets to their pop­u­lar­ity was the cof­fee.

‘‘That’s the key – hav­ing the best barista. That’s what draws people in.’’

Zaloumis said busi­ness was bet­ter than they ex­pected.

‘‘The lo­cals have re­ally tried to help us out. It has been go­ing re­ally well.’’

The pair trawled sec­ond-hand shops to give the cafe a new look be­fore open­ing.

They have gone for a beach feel that wel­comes even people who are in wet togs, and have sandy feet.

‘‘ We’ve changed ev­ery­thing. That’s what I want. It’s ca­sual,’’ Zaloumis said.

‘‘We want it to have that at­mos­phere where people feel at home.’’

The busi­ness is fam­ily-run with their chil­dren help­ing out on the week­ends. Ev­ery­thing is home­made. Zaloumis said they hoped more people would en­joy Ti­tahi Bay Beach be­cause of the cafe.

‘‘Down here it’s amaz­ing. We want to bring more people down this way.’’

Photo: RHI­AN­NON MCCON­NELL

Ex­cit­ing ven­ture: Lifeboat Cafe own­ers Kris­ten Zaloumis, left, and

An­gela McGann.

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