End of an era for Cromer cafe owner
PUBLISHED: 14:36 23 April 2019 | UPDATED: 07:15 24 April 2019
It's the end of an era for breakfast lovers in Cromer, as Ema Scott Rowlands is leaving Breakers cafe after nearly 25 years.
She has been a familiar face to countless locals and tourists who have enjoyed breakfast and a cuppa at the popular spot in Garden Street.
But today is her last day, as she has decided to move on.
She has owned Breakers for 14 years, and worked for the previous owner, Gail Green, for another 10 years before that.
She will now concentrate more on her specialist cake business, DottyAboutCakes, which she runs from the home she shares with husband Laurie Scott in Southrepps. She will continue to supply Breakers with her popular range of cakes, scones and cookies.
Both her children Bryn, 19, and Rowan, 15, have worked at Breakers over the years, and her husband has also helped out.
Mrs Scott Rowlands said: “It's not kicked in that I'm leaving yet. I still expect to come in on Saturday. I've never had a bank holiday weekend off before or taken time off during school holidays, as these have been our busiest times.
“When I was a single parent with two boys it was a challenge at times.
“I will miss the customers and staff most. The staff have become like family. I've seen staff start in their early teens and grow into nice young people.
“I will miss the buzz of it. I love it when it's really busy and you're rushing round with 10 things to do at once.”
Twenty-four years ago the menu at the café might have been more basic, but breakfast has always been the main attraction, she said.
“We have built it up and have just had our best Easter ever. We are proud of what we have achieved.”
The new owners, Martin and Nikki Rodwell, will take over from Saturday, April 27. The current staff will stay under the new management.
Mr Rodwell had a painting and decorating business, and is a theatre director with Cromer and Sheringham Operatic and Dramatic Society (CSODS). He directed Sister Act on the pier last year, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels this year.