G'bah cafe remains closed despite promises to reopen

16th October 2017 9:54 AM
UPDATED 18th October 9:09 AM
INCOGNITO: Goonellabah's Café Cognito mysterious closed its doors several days ago. INCOGNITO: Goonellabah's Café Cognito mysterious closed its doors several days ago. Alison Patersom

Update, Wednesday, 9.10am: THE lights are still out at Café Cognito and local caffeine addicts remain in despair.

Despite assurances from operator Darren Currie he would open the café on Tuesday afternoon, when The Northern Star visited this morning around 8.20am, the doors were locked and unlike previous days, no notice of explanation on the door.

One man walked past and shook his head at the café.

"I read online he said he'd be open by now," he said.

Earlier today, The Northern Star has attempted to contact Mr Currie for comment.

When The Northern Star contacted the landlord's representative this morning, he declined to comment.

 

Update Monday 12.20pm: CAFE Cognito owner Darren Currie has confirmed the business will be open on Tuesday afternoon.

"It's all a mistake, a misunderstanding," he said.

"My lawyers have been speaking to head offices' lawyers and we are re-opening tomorrow afternoon."

Mr Currie said it was the first time his café had been closed during normal operating hours since he has been running the business.

"In two years and three months, these are the first days of trading I've missed, all of Saturday, Sunday and Monday (today)," he said.

 

Original story, Monday 9.55am: THE mysterious closure of a well-known Goonellabah cafe has social media abuzz about the true nature of the locked doors.

Cafe Cognito, at the Eastpoint Shopping Village, currently has a hand printed sign on the door: "Due to personal issues cafe will be closed today. Sorry".

It is understood the sign has been up for at least two days.

INCOGNITO: Goonellabah's Café Cognito mysterious closed its doors several days ago.
INCOGNITO: Goonellabah's Café Cognito mysterious closed its doors several days ago. Alison Patersom

However, according to social media, an earlier typed message on the glass door at the cafe gave a different perspective: "Notice. The lease for Shop 2, 799 Ballina Road, Goonellabah Pty Ltd to Tunncurri Investments Pty Ltd trading as Cafe Cognito has been terminated. The landlord has now taken possession of the premises."

When The Northern Star contacted the landlord's representative, he declined to comment.

On social media, debate has been raging about the reasons behind the lights going out in the cafe.

Disappointed and perplexed customers dropping by for their daily caffeine fix have been left high and dry.

One woman said the nearest open cafe was too far to travel on her break.

The Northern star has also attempted to contact the Cafe Cognito by phone and social media.