Seeing double - Katie hands over to Katie at popular cafe
The new owner of a Diss cafe had no trouble choosing a name when she decided to take over the business.
Katie Devereux felt it was “meant to be” when she heard Katie’s Kitchen was up for sale.
The 31-year-old is set to take over the business in Hale’s Yard from current owner Katie Rich next month.
“I’ve been a customer there for years and always loved it,” said Katie, from Dickleburgh.
“I’d been looking for a new challenge and, when I heard the cafe was going up for sale, I decide this was it.”
Katie moved to Dickleburgh 10 years ago and has been working as a support officer for Norfolk Police.
Names are not the only thing the two Katies have in common.
Before Katie Rich took over the cafe in 2015, she had also been working as a police support officer, only in London.
“I put the cafe up for sale in September as I felt it was time to move on,” said Katie, 45, from Hoxne.
“It’s been great running the cafe over the last three years and the best thing is the customers, and how friendly, loyal and warm they are.
“We had a bit of interest towards the end of the year and then, when Katie said she was interested, it just felt like it was meant to be.
“Not only are we both called Katie but we also did the same job in the police force. It’s spooky.”
At the moment, the cafe is a traditional-style tea room selling a tea, coffee, paninis, jacket potatos, baguettes and more.
New owner Katie Devereux plans to run the cafe on the same basis when she takes over on June 16.
“It’s the first cafe I have ever run so I am excited and nervous at the same time,” she said.
“I’ll keep it the same and then see how it develops. I have the support of my husband, Jason, and son Leo. I’m looking forward to it.”