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Granny’s Cafe and Bakery in Summerland to be under new management

Rising costs and challenges led to decision for operators to leave landmark cafe

The operators of Granny’s Cafe and Bakery on Highway 97 in Summerland are leaving the business as of Friday, Dec. 15.

Mike Boersma and Adrienne Betts announced the pending cafe closure on Nov. 27.

The couple took over the cafe and bakery in 2019.

“We are enormously proud of what we have accomplished together, a true family business, over the past five years,” said the operators in a released statement.

“We are incredibly thankful for the support of our Summerland community, our team, our guests from near and far, and always, our families.”

They said the food and hospitality industry is in crisis, faced with increasing costs including lease rates, food and labour.

The economy in general is also affecting their business they noted.

“Inflation has taken a huge bite out of people’s disposable income. In the Okanagan, horrendous wildfire seasons and smoke stop tourists from visiting when we actually have staff to accommodate them and on top of it all, losses due to highway closures from two separate rockslides in 2023 were deep.”

The decision about the cafe does not affect Granny’s Fruit Stand, which operates at the same location.

The cafe and bakery will continue under new management.

John Arendt

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