EASTBOROUGH’S cafe scene is growing with the opening of two new businesses.
A new lease of life has been given to a pair of empty shop fronts after Michelle Ball and Sandy Hatfield opened their cafes on the busy promenade.
Cafe veteran Mrs Hatfield has taken over the Cafe on the Corner, in Blands Cliff.
After owning the Concorde cafe in Pickering, as well as cafes in Dorset, this is the first time Mrs Hatfield has taken on a business in Scarborough.
Following a refurbishment of the premises she is now looking forward to a busy summer.
Mrs Hatfield, who was awarded a distinction from Bournemouth Catering College, said: “Cooking is in my blood and running cafes has been my chosen career most of my life.
“After moving to Scarborough to be with family, opening a cafe was inevitable really and I decided the Cafe on the Corner was the perfect place.
“Business is going well so far and we have had good feedback from customers.
“I couldn’t have done it though without the help of my sister Lorraine, my son James and my friend Sylvia.”
Further along Eastborough Mrs Ball has taken a career change as she opens Sipping Happily.
After 15 years working in the NHS, Mrs Ball has transformed a former steak bar in to a cafe, which a child friendly edge.
She said: “For the past six years I have worked as a health care assistant at Scarborough Hospital, and I got to the point where I just wanted a change.
“I have got three young boys myself, and always found it difficult to find somewhere nice to go for lunch with friends where the children can enjoy themselves.
“So, I decided to open a family themed cafe with its own play area.
“I am really pleased with how it has turned out and look forward to welcoming customers young and old.”