A city-centre cafe is closing after its owners claimed to have missed out on the “V&A effect”.
As revealed in the Tele yesterday, Commercial Street’s Butterfly Cafe, owned by husband and wife Dom and Christine Anderson, will shut down for good on March 16.
The cafe first opened in 2016, offering a meeting space especially for parents with young children.
Dom has now said a number of factors influenced their decision to close, including a “declining” number of visitors to the city.
He said: “We don’t have any real direct competition with our demographics but there are a lot more places opening up in Dundee and the population hasn’t grown.
“Unfortunately the V&A hasn’t seen the boost to the city that many had thought.
“It’s early days and summer 2019 might see serious visitor numbers who will venture beyond the café in the V&A and head into town to explore.
“Consumer confidence has been hit by Brexit, of course, and generally for the high street in the UK, Christmas was pretty bad.
“There’s a lot of uncertainty for this year and people are not spending like they used to.”
He added: “With parking charges set to increase in the city and less incentive over online shopping to attract people to the centre, it’s difficult for everyone just now.
“The Waterfront development won’t come into fruition until you have population density there and hotel residents roaming about.”
Dom mentioned a new operator has been found for the cafe and it will look a little different in future.
He said: “I’m really excited about the next operator, who will be renovating for several weeks and doing something pretty unique.
“It will remain a café but will also have a store element to it. I hope everyone supports them, too, and every independent business.
“We’re going to South Africa for a few weeks and I can’t wait to pop into the new place when I get back.”
The space at Butterfly Cafe was not only used for having something to eat, it also held classes for families, and the premises could be used for meetings.
Classes in the cafe included baby sensory and Makaton sign sing along, with adult and child Lego classes after school.
Dom added the decision to close had not been taken lightly.
He said: “I’d like to take the opportunity to thank all our customers, especially all the mums who made us their second home.
“We really understand how hard it is being a parent sometimes…please stay confident and get out of the house, meet your friends and enjoy those precious early months of being a parent.”