City centre café closes, but plans return

  • On the move: Ashly Cucinotta closing up BruMae Caffé in Hamilton. The eatery is moving to a new location before the end of the summer (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

    On the move: Ashly Cucinotta closing up BruMae Caffé in Hamilton. The eatery is moving to a new location before the end of the summer (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

  • On the move: Ashly Cucinotta closing up BruMae Caffé in Hamilton. The eatery is moving to a new location before the end of the summer (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

    On the move: Ashly Cucinotta closing up BruMae Caffé in Hamilton. The eatery is moving to a new location before the end of the summer (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)


After two years in operation, the BruMae Caffé on Burnaby Street closed its doors today.

But owners Ashly and Bruno Cucinotta said this is not goodbye.

“We are relocating,” Mrs Cucinotta said. “I don’t want to say to where yet, but it will be out of Hamilton. We will be reopening in the near future, before the end of the summer, for sure.”

She said the move was due to changes in their lifestyle brought about by having their first child, Alba, ten months ago.

“We decided that now was the time to make a change,” she said. “Once they put the baby into your arms, your life changes. Nothing is the same.”

But she said closing the café in town was still emotional.

“We got married, and we had our baby, while running this restaurant,” Mrs Cucinotta said. “We have shared a lot of life changing events with the opening of this café, so it is a bit emotional.”

They announced their closing on Facebook on Wednesday.

“We held off telling our customers until we were 100 per cent sure of the move,” she said. “Our customers are upset but everyone understands. They have all promised to visit.”

BruMae was the couple’s first restaurant, and it has done well, in their view.

“I think a lot of people love the freshness of our pastries and banana breads,” Mrs Cucinotta said. “I think we did well because of the fact that when they come in they know what they are getting will be fresh. Bruno knows who he is serving and what they are feeling.”

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Published Apr 26, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated Apr 25, 2019 at 10:38 pm)

City centre café closes, but plans return

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