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Newly opened café is a runaway success

Monday June 19, 2017 Written by Published in Hot on the Rock
Louisa Jessie serves what the café’s owners describe as “the best coff ee on the island.” PHOTOS: Te Digital Factory. 17061613 Louisa Jessie serves what the café’s owners describe as “the best coff ee on the island.” PHOTOS: Te Digital Factory. 17061613

Despite being only three weeks old, Runway Café is a huge hit with customers, offering an intoxicating view and an atmosphere that is enhanced by great coffee.

 

Just into its third week, the café found right next to, you guessed it, the airport runway, has kept owners Seth Love and Louisa Jessie constantly busy.

The couple are veterans of the café industry, having previously run Coffee Confessions for five years in town.

Following their successful stint amongst the hustle and bustle, they came up with the ingenious idea to turn their property, located next to the runway, into a café.

“We looked around town and there was so many people doing the same stuff, coffee, little café’s everywhere, “Seth said.

“We had a spot in town, but we just decided to bring it here.”

The only issue to overcome in this regard was the height restrictions imposed on the building by the Airport Authority, requiring it to be under certain measurements so not to interrupt the airport’s radar signal.

The months-long process was eagerly awaited by those anticipating the café’s opening and according to the owners, there hasn’t been a quiet moment since its opening.

”Everything just sort of fell into place… we call them ‘rubber-neckers’, they were seeing the progress, looking in, and as soon as the sign went up, everyone was just coming in. The first day was really busy, we were hammered… we’re really pleased that we’re here now.”

One of the key motivations for Love and Jessie was to provide customers with an experience that unlike any other.

“Business has really increased for us, since we were in town, because when we were in town, there was very little we could do to beautify the place. Being home we are free to do what we want, you know, we kinda put our vision into it, which has attracted a lot of attention.”

“In town, it was a sort of ‘coffee and go (attitude)’. Here customers stay longer and take their time, it’s a more relaxing experience, and they enjoy the whole environment, the gardens, a more positive atmosphere.”

If nothing else, the café offers a beautiful garden, an inviting, open-roofed area and the stunning backdrop of the mountains.

The cafe has drawn new and old customers with its tasty menu (which is airport-themed) and some top-notch coffee.

”I don’t say I make the best coffee on the island, I let people decide and I get loads of compliments,” says Jessie, “They say I make the best coffee on the island.”

“We’re happy, a lot of people are happy”, Love says, “So we’re happy that they’re happy.”

The Runway Café, off the main road next to the airport runway, is open from 7am to 3pm Monday to Friday, as well as Sunday.

 

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