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Melanie Wong | Apr 29, 202109:48 AM     1

Minutes ago, Michelle Polzine announced on FB the closing of 20th Century Cafe. She said she will be around till at least the end of June.

"Dear Esteemed Members of Cafe Society,
Many of us have been together a long time, almost a decade for some, more if you count Range (and I count Range), which is why I’ve decided that it’s right here that I break the news that I will be closing the cafe. I’ve been through a lot, I know we all have, and I dragged my half dead body in here week in and week out and made the best damn food I could for years, pushing myself so hard, every day, but enough is enough. I haven’t done every thing I set out to do, but I have done most of it, and to a very high standard, and now I ask no more of myself. Ok that’s not true: during these last couple of months, I’m gonna do a few fixed price menus; some lunches maybe a brunch or two and some afternoon coffee and cake sessions. These will be dine in events, with the good china, and freshly polished silver. You’ve all seen bits of my cooking, here and there, but I want to cook proper meals for you, where you have to sit there for a while, and hopefully drink some of this wine that I need to sell to pay off some debts before I hand the keys over. We’ll also be having a few classes, which I know I’ve been threatening for years, but this time it’s got to happen, and of course, we have many books to sell. I’ll keep you posted, and I’ll be around for sure until the end of June, probably holding classes and making cakes through July.
We did a really good thing here. We created an oasis of weird and wonderful things. A magical place where you aren’t exactly sure how it’s going to go, but you come for the ride, and you fasten your seatbelt.
I don’t feel like the world ever really got me, or understood what this little time machine was all about, but y’all did, and that’s why I’m telling you even before my parents; shit, I’d better call them! Our relationship has been very personal, and I have loved spending this time with you.
I’m not finished, but I’m finished being a business owner. I still love cooking, I can run circles around cooks decades younger than me, and I don’t intend to disappear.
With love and burnt honey,


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