New lease of life for Old Town Cafe

This Is Wiltshire: Owner Hadi Brooks is looking forward to opening the new café in Devizes Road Owner Hadi Brooks is looking forward to opening the new café in Devizes Road

AN ENTERPRISING couple behind an Old Town ice cream parlour are to open a traditional café in an empty unit next door.

Dan and Hadi Brooks, who opened Ray’s just over a year ago, are redecorating the former Old Town Café and adding their own touch.

The previous owners moved on to follow new pursuits in July after 14 years of cooked breakfasts and friendly conversation.

The Brooks will add a new look to the diner, which they have called The Café, and open it seven days a week. It will run side-by-side with Ray’s, with Dan concentrating on the ice cream parlour.

Hadi, 35, said: “It’s going to be a traditional British café for all budgets.

“We are going to have the full English breakfasts but we will also have croissants, tea cakes and lunches which will include everything from fish and chips and a mega-burger to toasted sandwiches and jacket potatoes.

“We’ll be using fresh food with good ingredients and will make everyone feel welcome, whether they be council contractors or mums with pushchairs.”

The couple, who have been hard at work at the corner stop on Devizes Road, also want to continue the previous café’s success in winning awards for its breakfasts and building a loyal customer base.

Hadi said: “We have redecorated everything from the floor up and fitted a new kitchen.

“It’s hard work and a little bit scary, but exciting at the same time. When all the hard work is finished it should be amazing.”

The stretch of Devizes Road next to Wood Street welcomed another new business two weeks ago with the opening of the Hop Inn, a pub specialising in real ale.

Jamie’s Italian Diner is also rumoured to be interested in opening up a few doors along.

Hadi said: “There are things happening on this street.

“If we think back before we opened Ray’s there were quite a lot of empty units and now it is filling up.

“It would just be lovely to have someone open up in one of the empty shops opposite us.”

The café is due to open at the end of the month.

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9:56am Tue 16 Oct 12

I 2 Could B says...

Ray's ice cream is fantastic and it's great to see them opening the old cafe with their own style.

Old Town is crying out for a decent breakfast place and if they get it right I reckon there will be queues to get in at the weekends.

Very best of luck to them.
Ray's ice cream is fantastic and it's great to see them opening the old cafe with their own style. [p] Old Town is crying out for a decent breakfast place and if they get it right I reckon there will be queues to get in at the weekends. [p] Very best of luck to them. I 2 Could B
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10:09am Tue 16 Oct 12

Al Smith says...

Good luck to them!

It's people like these the government should be helping by slashing their business rates for a couple of years to let them get on their feet.

This could be funded by going after the likes of Starbucks who've paid ZERO taxes since 2009 because they cook their books so that they declare a loss every year!
Good luck to them! It's people like these the government should be helping by slashing their business rates for a couple of years to let them get on their feet. This could be funded by going after the likes of Starbucks who've paid ZERO taxes since 2009 because they cook their books so that they declare a loss every year! Al Smith
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10:36am Tue 16 Oct 12

swindondad says...

If they can sell a good cup of tea at cafe prices not Costa prices they will get my vote.
If they can sell a good cup of tea at cafe prices not Costa prices they will get my vote. swindondad
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2:00pm Tue 16 Oct 12

I_luv_chips_me says...

Well that's the Adver sorted for free bacon butties for while....just round the corner....
Well that's the Adver sorted for free bacon butties for while....just round the corner.... I_luv_chips_me
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4:48pm Tue 16 Oct 12

daws says...

mmm, fish and chips? hope they have the proper license in place.Need more than an A3.
mmm, fish and chips? hope they have the proper license in place.Need more than an A3. daws
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5:52pm Tue 16 Oct 12

Al Smith says...

daws wrote:
mmm, fish and chips? hope they have the proper license in place.Need more than an A3.
Really? Is there a special A3 - fish 'n chips license?

Perhaps you're getting confused with the late night refreshment license that chippies have in order to sell food after 11pm?
[quote][p][bold]daws[/bold] wrote: mmm, fish and chips? hope they have the proper license in place.Need more than an A3.[/p][/quote]Really? Is there a special A3 - fish 'n chips license? Perhaps you're getting confused with the late night refreshment license that chippies have in order to sell food after 11pm? Al Smith
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1:17pm Wed 17 Oct 12

daws says...

its all to do with hot chip oil pans and insurance, sure they know all that though.good luck to them anyway
its all to do with hot chip oil pans and insurance, sure they know all that though.good luck to them anyway daws
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