When one door closes ...

Marlborough Midweek - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - JAMIE SMALL

The Sneaky Beach Cafe has opened in Have­lock, to the de­light of lo­cals and passers-through.

The busi­ness is the re­sult of mother-daugh­ter team Holly Bon­ning­ton and Kay Ni­cholls.

It opened for a trial run on Satur­day morn­ing, then of­fi­cially launched on Mon­day.

‘‘Pleased to see the place is open again,’’ said a lo­cal man, giv­ing the own­ers a thumbs-up on his way out the door on Thurs­day morn­ing.

The cafe oc­cu­pies the spot pre­vi­ously known as the In­let Bak­ery, which has been closed since March.

Holly said truck­ies had al­ready started knock­ing on the back door be­fore the cafe opened in the morn­ings.

‘‘All our reg­u­lars who used to come in, they’re just about all back,’’ says Kay.

Both own­ers know the busi­ness well, hav­ing worked in pre­vi­ous cafes on the same site.

‘‘This is ac­tu­ally the third time I’ve worked here,’’ Holly says.

Ni­cholls was en­joy­ing the cre­ative free­dom that came with own­ing the cafe.

‘‘It’s good to be able to do what I like, make what I want.’’

The food – bak­ing, cabi­net food, and cooked break­fasts – is all made on the premises.

The pair said they got along well, and took care of separate parts of the busi­ness.

‘‘She’s stepped right up and runs the whole show,’’ Kays says, talk­ing about her daugh­ter.

‘‘I just do the book work and the bak­ing, I’m real proud of her.’’

The busi­ness was orig­i­nally sup­posed to be across the road, in the build­ing for­merly oc­cu­pied by Have­lock Town Cafe and Take­aways which went up in flames last year.

How­ever, the re­build and ren­o­va­tion took longer than ex­pected.

‘‘We were sup­posed to be open­ing in Jan­uary, so we’ve had all our stuff in stor­age since De­cem­ber,’’ Holly says.

The pair got word they would be able to move into the old In­let Bak­ery site in Au­gust, and have been work­ing on fit­ting it out ever since.

‘‘It’s all hap­pened quite quickly,’’ Bon­ning­ton said. ‘‘We were pretty lucky that most of the stuff fit­ted in here.’’

The kitchen is smaller than planned, and the cus­tom-made counter didn’t fit. The busi­ness will even­tu­ally move across the road and be re­named Bar­na­cles.

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