Cafe which sells 300 vanilla slices per week named finalists for business awards

Relish Cafe owner Ian Williams works 60-80 hours a week – but it’s not because he has to.

“I should be able to step back, but I just love it,” Ian said.

Buying Relish Cafe in Waikanae two and a half years after the previous owners retired, Ian vowed to keep using recipes loved by the cafe’s loyal customers.

Running the cafe since he took over has seen Ian not only retain those loyal customers but dramatically increase his customer base.

“We have doubled in size over the last two and a half years.

“Everything from turnover and staff numbers to food production has increased.”

Expanding their cabinet food offerings, their seating capacity and taking the service up a notch has added to the cafe’s success – knowing all their regular customers by name, along with their orders, is also a big plus.

“Margret comes every day for tomato soup,

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