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Cafe Owners Join Forces

Two businesses in the food sector have joined forces to open Legacy Farmhouse Cafe.
12 Oct 2020 10:43
Cafe Owners Join Forces
From left, owners of Legacy cafe Sakiusa and Mere Bolaira, with Cakes 2000 owners Eceni and Dau Rosa, during the opening of the Legacy Farmhouse Cafe, at Pacific Harbour. Photo: Frederica Elbourne.

Two businesses in the food sector have joined forces to open Legacy Farmhouse Cafe.

Located along the Queens Highway at Pacific Harbour, the new eatery opens seven days a week, from 6am to 7pm, and serves as a pick and go cafe.

Legacy cafe owners, Sakiusa Bolaira and his wife Mere, have joined forces with Cakes 2000 owners to bring the roadside farmhouse to life.

“We will supply cakes to Legacy cafe; they pay us rent,” Cakes 2000 owner Eceni Rosa said.

Features such as the practise of the honesty box that once was stationed by the roadside farm shed, will be restored, Mr Bolaira said.

The shed, owned by the family of the late Reverend Josateki Koroi, was once used to sell farm produce.

“My father was a farmer who would leave bundles of dalo by the road side,” Mrs Rosa said.

“There was an honesty box next to the bundles that he hoped people would put their money in when they picked up their bundles.

“He said people who took the dalo without paying were probably more hungry and, would hopefully come around to pay for it some day.”

Cakes 2000

In an interestering development, owners of Cakes 2000, Eceni and Dau Rosa, revealed their intention to sell the business, amid plans to migrate.

“We had wanted to join our daughter earlier this year in Australia, but COVID-19 happened,” Mrs Dau said.

Two buyers have indicated interest in the private sale.

Both interested buyers asked to reserve comment on the matter as negotiations were ongoing.

“My father taught us to be sufficient, not greedy,” Mrs Rosa said.

“So we’re asking for just enough.”

Mrs Rosa said her family was moving on, having served the business for the past 25 years.

Legacy Farmhouse Cafe

Mrs Bolaira said great expectations would be met as business kicks off at their second cafe.

“You can find a homely environment – somewhere that you can find love, somewhere that you can see love,” she said of the farmhouse cafe.

“We are made for greatness and we’ve had to endure the toughness of time.”

The couple opened their first eatery, Legacy Cafe and Health Bar, ealier this year, at the Arts Village in Pacific Harbour.

The initial Legacy cafe remains a successful hot spot for health savvy eaters, Mrs Bolaira said.

Legacy Cafe and Health Bar and Legacy Farmhouse Cafe use more local ingredients, and are popular among visitors to Uprising Resort, for meals and Bula coffee.

“Our baristas have made a name for themselves with the reviews we’ve been receiving,” Mrs Bolaira said.

Surrounded by fishing and farming communities, the cafe receives seafood and fresh farm produce on a regular basis.

“People come for our walu fish and chips, which is quite well known, and gourmet burgers, subs and on-the-go kinda food,” Mrs Bolaira said.

The cafe also caters for orders where customers can call ahead to pick their orders enroute.

“People can always call ahead for their toasted sandwich and coffee which we will have ready for them to pick up as they drive through.”

Prices are expected to be as low as $5 for a coffee with a sandwich on the go, Mrs Bolaira said.

“We’re going more affordable and fresh,” she said.

“Most people that come to our cafes, do so only because they’ve read about it in the Fiji Sun.”

Feedback: frederica.elbourne@fijisun.com.fj

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