The Raglan Social Club has had a busy start as the new café in town.

The café opened last week – in the Bow Street premises previously occupied by the Banteay Srey Khmer Restaurant – by the owners of Hamilton’s highly acclaimed Sugar Bowl Café, Rachel and Aaron Bidois.

Aaron said they had “hit the ground running”, with the added pressure of school holidays and “a lot of curiosity”.

While The Raglan Social Club would have the same concept as the Sugarbowl of simple food well done, it would be different in that it would be a café by day and a late-night burger takeaway bar by evening.

And the name? It was inspired by the Raglan-based family’s recent trip to Melbourne when the pair was contemplating the name for their new venture.

“The social side of Melbourne got us, “ Aaron said. “So we thought about the social side of Raglan and – it fits, it fits!”

Rachel Benn