A independent cafe in Loughborough is set to close for good at the end of this month, the owner has announced. Deli Bites Cafe in Nottingham Road will serve its final customers on Friday, April 28.
The cafe is owned by Caz Chapman, who has been running the cafe for the past 10 years. She made the announcement about the cafe’s closure on Facebook, saying it was “not an easy decision,” and that there were many factors involved, including the rising costs of products and energy.
Having previously been homeless herself, Caz has been dedicated to giving back to the community she used to be a part of. She has provided thousands of care packages for homeless people and hundreds of meals too, through the pay it forward board in Deli Bites, where customers can buy some food or a drink for a needy person to pick up later for free.
The statement posted on the Deli Bites Facebook page said: “To all my wonderful customers. Well, can you believe it’s been 10 years this year since I’ve been serving you amazing bunch.
“From serving you all breakfast, 1000s of care packages for the homeless, 100s of homeless served through the pay it forward board, 100s of Easter eggs, winning best cafe in Leicestershire, gaining an award for super trooper in Charnwood hero’s award, numerous radio interviews, TV, newspaper, this list goes on! It’s been an incredible 10 years.
“Unfortunately, we’ve had to come to the decision (not an easy one) to close the doors after 10 years of being part of this community. This has not been an easy decision at all, it’s been many sleepless nights and emotions.
“There’s many factors that contribute to the fact we’ve had to close. The constant rise of the cost of products, energy prices, it’s all taking its toll on the café. We’ve tried our hardest to keep the doors open the last few months but we’ve struggled to bounce back from Covid and it seems not to be getting any better. I have my health to also think about as it’s taking its toll.
Caz went on to thank her customers, who she said had become friends along the way, not just customers. She finished by saying that people will be seeing her soon in her new adventure. “So this isn’t goodbye, it’s see you soon,” she said.
Deli Bites is open Monday to Friday, and you have until Friday, April 28 to pay a visit. It’s at 68 Nottingham Road, Loughborough