Popular cafe to be closed

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SANDY.EGGLESTON@nulltheensign.co.nz

Five and a-half years of making custard squares that sell out fast will soon come to an end for Tapanui cafe owners Farryn Crawford and Aleisha Haskins.

At the end of the month, the two friends plan to close the Top Nosh cafe.

Ms Haskins said the custard square was very popular.

‘‘We’re probably going to have to make extra, extra custard square this month because I sold out before I even put it out this morning,’’ Ms Haskins said.

‘‘People love it. It is one of most popular things.

‘We get pre-orders for it . . . people ringing up making sure [we] put some aside.’’

All the food sold in the cafe was made on the premises.

Ms Crawford said since the cafe had reopened post-lockdown, business had been going well.

‘‘We’re leaving on a high. . . while things are awesome,’’ Ms Crawford said.

‘‘We’ve got such a good area here, our local base is amazing. It’s sad to be leaving them.’’

It proved it was domestic tourists rather than international visitors that spent money at the cafe.

‘‘We’re seeing as many tourists as we normally would at this time of year.’’

Neither woman planned on owning the cafe long-term when they first started.

‘‘We’re ready to change,’’ Ms Crawford said.

They decided at the beginning of the year to close the cafe rather than wait for a buyer.

‘‘We could end up hanging around another couple of years to sell or not sell,’’ she said.

‘‘We feel it’s the right time for us.’’

The two friends, who had attended school together, were looking forward to a time when they could socialise without one of them needing to work in the cafe or be home early for work the next day.

‘‘Have a better work-life balance,’’ Ms Haskins said.

It had been an enjoyable experience, Ms Crawford said.

‘‘It’s been awesome. Everyone’s so lovely and our staff are amazing. We’re going to miss them.’’

The cafe has been on the market for about a year, but no buyer had been found.

‘‘It’s quite hard selling a hospo business anyway, especially [when] we don’t own the building,’’ Ms Crawford said.

‘‘It takes the right type of person to take on a cafe in a small town.’’

The Covid-19 situation had also made the cafe harder to sell, they said.