Cafe rises from the ashes

Whangarei Report - - NEWS -

Waipu’s Cafe Deli was razed, but the owner says it will rise from the ashes for the ap­proach­ing sum­mer sea­son.

Three build­ings were de­stroyed by the blaze about 1.20am on Sun­day in­clud­ing the cafe, the Waipu Phar­macy and Harker Her­bals store.

Lo­cals were ear­lier this week griev­ing the loss of the busi­nesses in the heart of their town just be­fore the rush of the sum­mer sea­son.

The small town­ship usu­ally booms in these com­ing peak tem­per­a­tures but lo­cals are wor­ried the dam­age caused to the busi­nesses will put tourists off.

But Cafe Deli owner Jo Spring was op­ti­mistic about the fu­ture and hoped her busi­ness would thrive again, even if it was in a slightly dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tion.

“Yes­ter­day was dev­as­tat­ing, but to­day is a lot bet­ter,” she said on Mon­day.

Spring is hop­ing for a short-term busi­ness plan to be in place soon to get a ver­sion of the cafe up and run­ning.

At the moment, it is most im­por­tant that they take care of their staff, Spring said.

Dur­ing the win­ter sea­son, 14 peo­ple were em­ployed and over sum­mer, staff numbers in­creased to 20.

As dev­as­tat­ing as the dam­age was, Spring said it was an op­por­tu­nity for her to pur­sue some­thing dif­fer­ent with the cafe.

“The build­ing burned down but Cafe Deli is still alive be­cause it’s us.”

A pop-up cafe in Waipu was the most likely so­lu­tion this sum­mer.

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