THE café at the Ropetackle Arts Centre has re-opened and is now under the care of the trust.
The former Thunkshop Café, which was run as a separate enterprise, closed in mid-November after owner Sarah Carter decided to return her focus to interior design.
Ropetackle spokesman Mark Phillips said the centre had decided to try running the café, with cake maker Veronica Thomason as manager.
It is a dream come true for the retired nursery nurse who has built up a reputation in the catering business.
Veronica said: “It has been my dream to run a café. I have always wanted to but never had the wherewithal to do it. It is a lovely opportunity.”
She was worked with speech and language charity I CAN until she retired three years ago and has also done catering in the Brighton area for 25 years.
She is taking charge of the operation Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4.30pm, and Lesley’s Kitchen will step in for pre-show suppers.
Veronica said cakes are ‘her thing’ but there is much more on offer, from toast in the morning to soup and sandwiches at lunch. She has even created a special carrot cake with lemon frosting, called Ropetackle Cake, as a permanent feature.
“We are very keen to do lots of specials,” she added. “The first customer in said he preferred bacon sandwiches and although we weren’t going to offer them, we will now. Scones have also been requested.”
She can cater for people with special dietary needs and says she has built up a name for that.
The café opened its doors last Thursday, with new 1950s-style seating alongside some of the old wooden tables and chairs.