Shoppers expressed surprise after a “popular” cafe went on sale. Long Eaton’s High Street cafe Peter W Thein, also known as Pete’s Upper Crust Cafe, has gone on the market for £229,950.
Cafe manager Aiden Goodman said the venue had been put up for sale due to the owner’s retirement and the current state of the high street. Mr Goodman, who has worked at the cafe for 12 years and has been the manager for five years, added: “The main reason is that the owner wants to retire, and also that Long Eaton is very quiet these days, he there are empty stores and not many are open.”
Shoppers in town spoke of the cafe and noted a “good all-day breakfast” as well as good service from staff and always being full of customers. Donna Langton, who moved to Long Eaton five years ago, said it was a shame the cafe had gone on sale. The 52-year-old said: “It’s quite popular, I see people inside and out.
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“It surprised me, it’s one of the longest here. I’m shocked. It seems a shame – so many shops in the high street are empty.
Another customer, Sharon Hopkins, 61, a driving instructor at Long Eaton, recalled her memories of the cafe and highlighted the great food they serve. She said: “They had a good breakfast all day. It was always full, it was nice and good service. I’m surprised, I thought it was fine. It’s a typical cafe, you can have a good breakfast all day, a typical British cafe. Very often I would call in for a coffee of toasted tea and a coffee. I’m really surprised.
Sawley’s Lauren Key says she’d like to see something different replace it. The 27-year-old said: “Every time I walked past it was full. I’ve been there a few times in the past, it was ok. I rated it, decent food and good staff. There are always room for something different, another place to eat.”
Recently, Long Eaton welcomed a new cafe – A-one Cafe and Kitchen – which is also on the High Street. it was formerly Ms Bs, which was open for seven years. The new cafe has the same menu, feel and atmosphere that Ms. Bs had, however, some Japanese and Chinese style dishes have been added to the menu.
Townspeople have also hailed the multi-million pound plans to transform their community, saying it is in dire need of a ‘facelift’. Long Eaton received £24.8 million in funding from the government last June to move forward with its plan to invest in the town of Long Eaton.
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