Iconic Ipswich Cafe, Rafter & Rose, Bids Farewell After Almost a Decade

Rafter & Rose
Photo Credit: Rafter & Rose/Facebook

The Rafter & Rose cafe, a cherished establishment in Ipswich, located at the heart of the historic Top of Town on Ellensborough Street, has announced its impending closure, leaving its loyal patrons heartbroken. 

Having enchanted locals and visitors for nearly nine years with its exceptional coffee, pastries, and dietary-friendly offerings, the café has left an indelible mark on the community.

Owners Elle Morar and Candy Gazdagh expressed their heartfelt gratitude to the patrons who contributed to their business’s success. In a social media announcement, they shared their journey and deep appreciation for their customers. 

“When we opened back in January 2015, someone said to us they hoped we’d last. To be honest, we had no idea if we would, but we were determined to give it our all,” the owners stated.

“We found a community; you guys invited us into your lives, your families, and you certainly became part of ours. We all managed to get through the challenge of a worldwide pandemic, we watched your kids grow, and ours have never known anything other than hospitality life. To say we’ve loved it would be an understatement.”

On 23 Oct 2023, after having served for 8 years, 9 months, and 10 days, Rafter & Rose will pass the reins to someone deeply connected to Ipswich. The cafe’s last day of operation will be on the 20th, and the owners have assured customers that they will provide their usual array of delectable treats to celebrate the end of an era.

Published 18-Oct-2023