An award-winning tearoom in Exmouth is to remain closed for the ‘foreseeable future’ after it was targeted by an arsonist earlier this month.
Bumble and Bee, in Manor Gardens, caught fire in the early hours of the morning on July 8, when external bins were deliberately set alight.
Owner Debs and Toby Quine said they were ‘overwhelmed’ by community kindness after fire ripped through part of the café roof, forcing the tearoom’s closure. They vowed to return to Manor Gardens and hoped for a ‘speedy’ recovery.
Exmouth has rallied its support for the café owners, donating to a Justgiving page set up by Marcus Lang, to help the team ‘get back on their feet’.
Mr and Mrs Quine, who have been trading in Manor Gardens for more than seven years, said the fire had ‘devastated’ the team, but the tearooms would reopen again ‘soon’.
Writing on social media they said: “Bumble and Bee will be closed for the foreseeable future but we are doing everything we can to make the recovery speedy.
“It’s been an awful time seeing our beloved cafe in such a state and seven-plus years of hard work and memories destroyed.
“I hope whoever’s handiwork it was will look back in years to come and be racked with guilt.
“People have lost their jobs because of this and in such an unsettling time.
“It’s truly heart breaking.”
The couple said the last few months – re-opening three venues amid the pandemic – had been ‘tough’ enough without the Bumble and Bee arson attack.
They wrote: “We are just so grateful that no one was harmed.
“Please bear with us as we get ourselves over this hurdle. We can’t wait to be operating out of there as soon as we can.”
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