Where:             Central location, in the main street of Taumarunui

(75 Hakiaha Street, Ph: 07 8967442)

 Locally owned/operated:

                        Aroha Rudkin, family and excellent staff

 Cuisine:            Eclectic mix of café style food served with delicious coffees and teas

 Special touches:

                        Friendly professional staff & service, old-fashioned china teacups

Overview:       Aroha Rudkin has been working in the food & wine industry for the past fifteen years. Her first foray into the cut-and-thrust of serving the public nice-nosh within her local King Country community was back in 1997, when Aroha took over an existing café/restaurant business; situated upstairs above the only chemist shop in the main street of Taumarunui.

In 2000 another main street, street level, location became available and Aroha took the opportunity to redefine her business. After shifting locations and scaling the business down by dropping the restaurant side of things, Aroha concentrated on raising public awareness of what is well known as, ‘the café culture’. At the time of Aroha’s new café opening, there was another purpose built restaurant-café opening in Taumarunui. ‘A market-share challenge’? You would’ve thought so; but not for ‘Ruddie’, as Aroha has become affectionately known, instead Aroha took the opportunity to share the market; offering visitors and locals more choices for their ‘café fix’ served up very nicely with a slice of the ‘Taumarunui café-culture-pie’.

Somehow, Aroha manages to maintain an extremely friendly persona while remaining professional and calm, in what, at times, must be a fickle industry. So, good on you Aroha Rudkin; for sticking with your ‘Ruddies Place café business’ and the King Country community of Taumarunui; especially during what some folks might term, and has been, ‘an economic drought’! GA 2012.


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