Today for the first time since I sold it back in November 2009, I visited the cafe I used to own. I didn't plan to go there today, I went to see my friend (who used to work for me in the cafe funnily enough) and her son while Burton was at pre school, who live in the town I used to work in. We ended up walking into town to get some bread and visit the library. I haven't even walked around Torrington for almost 4 years either - it felt kind of strange. I have driven around the high street whenever I have popped to Torrington to visit one of my friends, for a nosey but I have never stopped and walked around the shops.
Torrington is the type of town where you only need to walk a few metres and you bump into someone you know and true to form as soon as I walked into the supermarket I saw one of my old customers!!Then as we walked past one of the new eateries, someone who used to work for me spotted me and rushed over with a "hello stranger"!! So knowing what a small town it is and knowing how by tomorrow morning news of me being seen in Torrington would spread to where I once worked, I said to my friend that we should pop up and say hello to Lynn who still works there and was my full time assistant when I owned the cafe.
I don't know why I have left it so long to return and show my face. I think I just wasn't sure how I felt about making that step. It seems ridiculous now because it was fine and everyone was really lovely and one old couple who were my regulars too, even paid for my hot chocolate and Jenson's drink despite me telling them there was no need. It didnt really look that different , the menu was pretty much as it was when I left which made me feel a little bit pleased as it meant that what I came up with when I owned it, must still work and be popular with their current customers. The new owners have, however, changed the from Eat Drink Eat to The Market Cafe.
|how it was when I owned it|
I purchased the business on the 1st July 2004, and with only one days experience of working there with the previous owners the day before, I really was thrown in at the deep end! I had no catering or business skills or qualifications, but I had ideas and enthusiasm and commitment to making it work.
|about a year into owning the cafe so approx 2005|
I did all the cooking and on our busy days, like Saturdays, there could be up to 30 breakfast orders all queued up on the order sheets and I just loved the buzz I got from getting those orders out as fast as I could! Yes, that does sound really sad, I guess you needed to be there and experience how it felt to appreciate that comment!
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