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Wunghnu set to lose its cafe

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February 08, 2018

1U Cafe co-owner Nancye Cowper will be closing the doors on February 16.

Wunghnu residents will be without their trusty cafe within a matter of days.

Nancye Cowper, co-owner of the 1U Cafe, announced it would be closing its doors for the final time on February 16.

While the sale of the building came as a shock to Ms Cowper, she said she was optimistic about the future.

Ms Cowper and her sister Lynn opened the cafe six years ago after seeing an opportunity in Wunghnu.

‘‘We thought there was a need for little towns to have something community-based, somewhere to go,’’ she said.

While the building had previously been a cafe, it was closed in 2012 after floods in the area.

The building was renovated and reopened that same year.

Ms Cowper said the 1U Cafe, located on Goulburn Valley Hwy, had been a popular spot for locals and passersby during the past six years.

With a variety of handmade cakes, slices and savoury goods on the menu, Ms Cowper said the cafe became well known for its vanilla slice and lamb burgers.

‘‘Because we’re located in Wunghnu, or one ewe, we decided we had to have lamb burgers and sausage rolls on the menu, rather than beef,’’ she said.

While the lamb burgers are a hit with the tradies, Ms Cowper said the vanilla slice had always been a crowd favourite with those wanting a sweet treat.

‘‘The vanilla slices have always been in the shop, the people before us made them and so we continued the tradition,’’ she said.

‘‘They are handmade, proper vanilla slices which I learnt how to make from the lady who used to own the cafe before us.’’

While the town will suffer a significant blow in the closing of the cafe, Ms Cowper said she would also miss the people she had met along the way.

‘‘It has been great getting to know the gorgeous little families that come through the doors and share their stories,’’ she said.

‘‘It is the little things you don’t expect to get through a cafe.’’

The sisters will be having a garage sale on Sunday, February 18, to clear the remaining stock from the store.

Ms Cowper encouraged everyone to come down, say goodbye and pick up a bargain.

‘‘We have made so many friends along the way... we definitely made the cafe our own and put our little stamp on the town,’’ she said.

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