New owner dines out on cafe purchase

SVEN HERSELMAN
Last updated 06:51 17/07/2013

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Popular Picton cafe Frog & Dog has changed hands, with Picton-born Marcia Cook and her partner Barry Auld taking over from Michelle McHanaway.

The High Street eatery went on sale in February this year with Marcia putting an offer in at the end of June.

Both she and Michelle declined to speak about the sale price.

"I'm really excited about this," says Marcia, who has 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry.

"This is the first business I've owned and it has just felt very right, like it was meant to happen."

She was fortunate to have Michelle help in the handing over of the business, showing her the ropes and sharing contact information for suppliers.

The support shown by her couldn't have been any better, says Marcia.

She plans to keep the cafe exactly as it was for the immediate future, with the same staff and menu.

"It's pretty well established and has a really nice and warm home feeling to it. One thing we will look at in the future is adding a few seafood options to the menu," Marcia says.

Michelle says she had decided to sell up to spend more time with her two teenage children, and would be taking time out as a stay-at-home mum for a while.

"I've loved my time here. It kept me really busy, but I think it is time for me to move on," says Michelle, who owned the business for three years.

This is the third time that Frog & Dog has changed hands, with the previous owners running it for around 15 years, she says. She finished up and officially handed over the business to Marcia on Friday.

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- The Marlborough Express

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