Community cafe reopens after problems forced closure

Brenda Farrow in her kitchen.
Brenda Farrow in her kitchen.

Town businesswoman Brenda Farrow has breathed new life into a community cafe which was closed earlier this year.

The Deli B 2 Kilmarnock Community Cafe has swung open its doors to the residents of Owton Manor and the rest of Hartlepool with a whole new menu catering for people of all ages.

The cafe, based in the Kilmarnock Road Children and Young People Family Resource Centre, closed under old management in March this year – much to the disappointment of people in the area.

It had been running at a loss and was unsustainable.

But when 60-year-old Brenda, who also owns the Deli B, in Mowbray Road, heard that the lease was up for grabs she applied to the directors of the charity for it, and was delighted when she won.

And after a good clean-up, a full new and more extensive menu, and even some toys for youngsters, she opened up in May.

Brenda, a mum-of-three and grandmother-of-11, said: “I’d always wanted to open something like this cafe because I love being around people and I love doing things for the community. My mam used to come in when it was open before, and she told me that it had closed. It just got me thinking and I decided to go for it.

“I have loved every minute of it, and people have been really welcoming and already come in saying ‘hiya Brenda’.

“It’s just lovely to be able to provide something like this.”

Brenda, who has four staff who work between the cafe and the deli, has a varied selection of food on the menu including homemade pies, breakfasts, jacket potatoes, paninis as well as healthy eating options, and pensioners’ specials.