Popular Burnley cafe taken over by new owners
NEW owners have taken over a popular Burnley town centre cafe after it was threatened with closure.
Burnley Market institution Holdens Cafe has been trading in the town for 67 years but owner Michael Austin feared the business would shut due to difficult trading conditions.
But salvation has come in the form of new owners Steve and Michelle Stott, who have taken over the business.
The couple, who live in Waterfoot, will be running the cafe as a family business together with their son Conor, 18, and their 15-year-old daughter Lauren, who will be working as a Saturday girl.
Steve said: “I’ve known Mike for many years. I used to drive for Holland's Pies and I used to deliver to the cafe.
“I had the opportunity to take redundancy at Holland's, he said he wanted an out and we came to some of arrangement and here we are.
“I’m pleased I can keep the business going. We’re still serving the same traditional, quality food. He’s handed all his recipes down to me so it’ll be the same food.
“I’ve been introduced to the regular customers and they’re all happy that we’ve kept the business going for them.”
Steve said that the eaterie will be renamed ‘TFC’, which stands for The Friendly Cafe, and there are also plans to renovate and redecorate to give it a more open plan feel.
He has signed a three-year lease on the premises and said that other market stalls shutting down didn't concern him.
He said: “There’s new businesses coming in. It doesn’t really bother me that much. I think we’re going to be rocking and rolling for quite some time.”
Steve said that he’s now looking forward to getting to know customers new and old.
He said: “We’re the Friendly Cafe. We’ll welcome them with open arms.”
Former owner Michael Austin said: “It’s good to have a bit of new blood. It’s better. I’m going to pass on all my recipes so the people of Burnley will still be able to injoy the same homemade traditional English food."
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