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RSA modernises with cafe offering

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 8/04/2016
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The Returned and Services Association in Sumner is back in business and it's a bit trendier.

Foxhole Cafes being launched in both Sumner and at the RSA in Mount Maunganui on Saturday offer healthy food and top quality barista-made coffee, the national organisation says.

Chief executive David Moger says it's a bold new direction for the RSA and a step forward.

The cafes have a general, rather than a club licence, meaning everyone is welcome.

The Mt Maunganui RSA is the biggest in the country, with more than 5000 members, and it wants to appeal to a wider group to remain financially viable by offering cafe-style dining.

The Sumner RSA had to rebuild after the February 2011 earthquake destroyed its building and the rebirth is a time for a new style of hospitality.

"After five years of struggling with insurance claims, looking for options and ways to do things differently, and searching for the right place, we've made it back," Sumner RSA committee president Stu Russell said.

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