A popular Auckland cafe that has mysteriously closed its doors is hoping to reopen, but there’s no timeframe in place yet.
The Spinoff reported last week that both Cotto, the K Road pasta bar, and the Leigh Sawmill Cafe north of the city had suddenly stopped taking customers and started cancelling bookings.
The link between the two? Craig Anderson, an Auckland businessman involved in a number of hospitality businesses in the region.
After our report last week, Leigh Sawmill manager Susan Kaiser emailed on behalf of the Guinness brothers, the newly reinstated managers of the cafe. Kaiser confirmed that Anderson handed the keys back on Friday November 24, and the lease was relinquished the following day. Other details regarding the lease agreement were confidential, she said.
Kaiser and the Guinness brothers were “in the process of organising all the suppliers, services and licences needed to reopen – no date set yet – with the aim of keeping it simple”, she wrote.
She was in communication with promoters and bands who have booked dates over the summer, and that when a plan for reopening was set, it would be posted on social media and advertised. Though nothing has yet been posted on the Leigh Sawmill Facebook page, the hours tab on the website reads, “CLOSED – BUT NOT FOR LONG! PLEASE KEEP CHECKING BACK IN”.