Coffs Harbour?s Moonee Street precinct will lose its longest-standing business duo when Thingsyummy Cafe proprietors Sam and An
Coffs Harbour?s Moonee Street precinct will lose its longest-standing business duo when Thingsyummy Cafe proprietors Sam and An

Things won?t be so yummy



SAM and Annie Hui don't know what they will do after next week.

Almost every day for close to 17 years they have started the day knowing what had to be done ? open the cafe, order stock, start the ovens up and get down to the business of feeding their hungry customers.

But after next week this happy routine they have worked tirelessly to develop will no longer exist.

Just the thought of what they are losing is enough to make Annie's eyes well up with tears that she is too proud to let fall.

"I am a very hard worker. If I sit down I start to feel unwell. Sitting is not good for me. I don't know what I'll do," Annie said.

Sam and Annie opened their cafe Thingsyummy in December, 1989, when the coach terminal was still in Moonee Street virtually outside their front door.

They belive themselves to be the street's longest-standing business duo.

Now a building redevelopment has forced them to close up shop, and their woks and cooking equipment will go under the hammer early next month.

But there is still time to sample their famous chicken satay, the signature dish that has kept people coming back for more as the original diner turned into a Chinese take-away as well as a burger cafe.

"Thingsyummy will be turning out food just like that until the auction day," Sam said.

"Shops along here have come and gone for the last 17 years. We are the last and only business still operating at the same location in the street since we started.

"Now we have to move out at the end of this month. We could not afford to continue a new lease with greater costs, and we believe the next tenant will take up the whole space in the building."

Sam said the lease change came suddenly.

"There are no premises nearby that we can afford to set up in a short time, so we have to close," Sam said.

"What now? I suppose we will be jobless for a while as finding something in Coffs Harbour is often hard."

While sad to be closing, the husband and wife team have been comforted by their loyal customers who have rallied around them.

"Annie and I just want to thank everyone who has supported us over the years, especially the boys and girls in blue at the police station," Sam said.

"I'll have to let them know when I am cooking satay chicken somewhere again."



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