Quake work closes popular cafe

22:57, Oct 18 2012
Aro Cafe
COFFEE SPOT: Aro Cafe is closing for earthquake-strengthening.

Popular Aro Valley coffee spot Aro Cafe will be closing for much of the summer for earthquake strengthening.

Cafe manager Chris Thompson said the summer was normally quite a busy period so it was a bit of a shame but the building owners had given the cafe plenty of notice.

''Basically, they've got to strengthen some walls up to support the upper levels. I'm not sure what the plan is at the moment...It's hard to tell staff they won't have a job,'' he said.

Mr Thompson, who has been Aro cafe's manager for nearly four years, said one possibility might be setting up a kind of hole in the wall kiosk which mainly just served coffee. This would at least offer staff some stability while also continuing to provide locals with their coffee fix.

The cafe will close for an estimated ten weeks from November 15. 

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