Boat Ramp cafe will close in June

Weekend Courier - - News - Gabrielle Jef­fery

A POP­U­LAR beach side estab­lish­ment will see in its last sum­mer this year be­fore clos­ing its doors for good in June.

The Boat Ramp Café has be­come syn­ony­mous with its lo­ca­tion alone - it is op­po­site the kite surf­ing pond, boat ramp and dog walk­ing and swim­ming beaches.

The own­ers of the build­ing are not re­new­ing the lease for the cafe, leav­ing first-time busi­ness own­ers Matt and Tr­ish White with the re­al­ity they will no longer have a busi­ness.

“Our busi­ness re­ally is its lo­ca­tion. We are pop­u­lar with boat­ies, wind/kite-surfers, fam­i­lies, dog walk­ers and many oth­ers,” Matt said.

“Our whole busi­ness is based and re­liant upon its lo­ca­tion. We have not been able to find a suit­able al­ter­na­tive.”

He said they had been aware of the lease con­di­tions for three years.

“We were told about three years ago that the owner was in­tend­ing to sell the build­ing and there was no chance of an ex­ten­sion.”

“We un­der­stand; it’s just sad from the busi­ness side of things. The owner has al­ways been clear and we hold no ill-will to­wards him what­so­ever.”

The café has played an in­te­gral part of their lives with their six years of own­er­ship, see­ing the pair mar­ried and have two chil­dren.

Even Matt’s mum, Dianne, is em­ployed at the café along with six other staff.

“We have been happy enough here and I feel we have worked quite hard to get good cus­tomers,” he said.

“The build­ing it­self is his­toric, we have a cou­ple of cus­tomers in their 70s who said they used to buy bags of lol­lies from here when it was a deli decades ago.

“A lot of our cus­tomers are gen­uinely dis­traught that it is clos­ing. They said they were hop­ing to go out in style.

“Af­ter sum­mer we will wrap it up – we’ll have a party.”

End of an era: Tr­ish, Matt (hold­ing Har­vey) and four-year-old Cur­tis White stand­ing at the front of the cafe.

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