May 28, 2022

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Dunedin cafe Crusty Corner to close

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Rob Barker admits if he experienced to give his cafe a new name now he most likely would not get away with “Crusty Corner”.

In the mid-1980s, Mr Barker was making an attempt to make a decision on a name for his new bakery on the corner of North Rd and Financial institution St in north Dunedin.

It was even though owning a few beers with some mates 1 night that the discussion arose on doable names.

“In the ’80s, Crusty Corner was quite a interesting name and it involved bread and that is about it seriously. It stuck,” he claimed.

Practically 36 decades afterwards, Mr Barker, now 65, is calling time on the 6am commences and is shutting store this Friday.

The very well-recognized cafe experienced been for sale for a even though but issues about the lease agreement intended the final decision was made to vacate.

The thought to start out his personal bakery arrived after Mr Barker had been functioning as a breadmaker at Bread Bin on George St.

“That altered fingers and I considered I would give it a crack myself,” he mentioned.

For the very first 10 many years, the shop built incredibly hot bread, cream buns and donuts but that slowed down just after supermarkets commenced opening in the weekend and late at night.

To fight that, Mr Barker made the decision to insert a espresso device.

“It just took off just after that, then we included the breakfasts, BLTs, bread rolls, then it received outrageous occupied,” he claimed.

When Crusty Corner initial opened, there was only 1 other eatery in north Dunedin. Now they have been “everywhere”, Mr Barker explained.

The choice to retire was not a difficult one for Mr Barker.

“We produced the selection and, at the time you do that, there is no place in searching again.

“I’m looking ahead to investing some time in Wanaka and accomplishing matters below and there, so the time was ideal,” he reported.

It experienced been a “enormous” component of Mr Barker’s family’s lives as his 4 daughters experienced labored in the shop at some position.

He estimated he had given “1000’s” of absolutely free lunches to loved ones and good friends in excess of the a long time but it was portion of the pleasurable.

There had a lot of stories and highlights all over the decades, Mr Barker mentioned.

“In the ’90s, there was anything insane normally taking place up this conclusion of city.”

He remembered learners coming down Opoho Rd from the halls of home and slipping more than on the ice.

There experienced been a lot of faithful shoppers around the many years

such as 29-12 months-old Ashleigh Kirby who remembered likely into Crusty Corner as a youngster.

As a secondary faculty pupil at Logan Park Superior University, Ms Kirby would go there every single morning for a crammed croissant.

A different longtime purchaser, Billie Drummond only observed out the doorways had been closing previous weekend.

“I was like ‘No’. I am a bit gutted. It is an conclusion of an period,” she claimed.

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