New business fills a gap

By Christine Linnell
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Kevin Kilkelly, owner of Greymouth’s newest eatery, The Gap Cafe in the Olsen’s Pharmacy building, in Tainui Street, had a busy first morning after staying up past midnight putting the finishing touches on the business. “It was a bigger job than I anticipated,” he said. The cafe takes the place of the Jade Boulder Cafe, which closed in March last year, and is the result of 12 months of planning and renovation from Mr Kilkelly and his partner, Olsen’s Pharmacy co-owner Julie Kilkelly. He said the name of the cafe had several meanings for him after he lost his previous job at the Spring Creek Mine: “It was a gap in the building that needed to be filled, it’s a gap (as in) a filled stomach, and it was a gap in my life and what I was going to do.” As the cafe opened today, another longstanding Greymouth cafe, Jones’s, closed on Friday; two staff members have transferred across to the new business. Mr Kilkelly studied culinary arts at the Tai Poutini Polytechnic seven years ago and ran a coffee van for three years before working for a short time at the mine. “I’ve always liked food,” he said.