FROM the little girl whose name it carries to sisters and co-owners Clare and Joanne Rowbotham, Gracie’s Café Bar and Kitchen is a business with family and Hyde at its core.
Gracie’s, named after Joanne’s granddaughter, has constantly evolved since welcoming its first customers in December 2016.
Originally a day-time café, the Clarendon Street premises are now part of the town centre’s night time economy.
With a recently acquired alcohol licence and enticing tapas menu, Gracie’s may be Hyde born and bred but offers drinkers and diners a tasty international flavour.
The former Hyde High School pupils previously ran a café in Ashton but had grander designs for their business.
“We wanted something bigger and better so we looked at this place,” explained Clare. “It was previously a café but had been closed for several years before we took over.
“That gave us a blank canvas to put absolutely everything into it. We threw our hearts, souls and money into the place and built it up to where it is now.
“You always take a gamble in business but you have to make it work by putting that extra bit in.”
Already this year Gracie’s has had new lighting and decoration while confirming its long-awaited drinks licence to supplement the tapas menu with local and continental beers, wines, spirits including a well-stocked gin bar.
“It was always our intention when we kicked off to get the licence,” added Clare.
“But we have had fantastic support and been busy from day one. However, we have got it now and it’s given us an extra dimension to what we can provide for our customers.”
There’s a full-time and part-time staff of six with two teenagers joining in August on a 12-month food production apprenticeship.
While Clare is front of house at the 45 covers establishment, qualified chef Joanne prepares and cooks the food including breakfasts, brunches, snacks and cakes.
Not ones to rest on their laurels Clare and Joanne are already looking to the future. “Watch this space,” smiles Clare.
“Once we have the place settled down with staff the plan is to do something else. But it’s under wraps for now.”
• Gracie’s is open: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 8.30am to 4pm; Thursday 8.30am-9pm, Friday 8.30am-10pm, Saturday, 9am-10pm, closed Sunday.