Much loved East Lothian cafe owner retires after 45 years serving locals

An East Lothian cafe owner has closed the doors to his business after 45 years serving residents in Haddington.

Ricky Morga, 65, has been the manager and owner of The Grain after taking over the business from his parents, who opened the venue when he was two. He believes the time is right to pass the space to someone new and begin a well-earned retirement, with the cafe coming to a close on Sunday, June 2.

Speaking to Edinburgh Live, Ricky shared how he is sad by the decision but appreciates the many memories he has made during his time serving residents in the area.

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He said: "The business is coming to a close on Sunday and that will be the end of the 63 years of family ownership. I have been running it for around 45 years.

"I do feel so sad. There have been so many nice memories and so many people have come in and told me their stories about their times in the cafe.

"I have also seen people come in with their prams and their little kids and now those kids come in with their prams - it's just one generation after another so it’s going to be a big change for me which is sad, but I am excited for the future."

Ricky added that the business is going into new ownership but not for a few months. He described the venue as a "meeting spot for many" and has seen many staff members come and go over the years.

He said: "There have been so many different staff members who have worked here and some have messaged me and thanked me for the role they had. My mother and father were a huge part of the cafe too - my mother especially. They opened the business up and my sister worked here up until eight years ago with me. It’s always been so family orientated.

"It’s going into new ownership but not for a few more months. It’s always been a sort of meeting spot over the years and people have so many memories here.

"I am just going to relax now, play a bit more golf. I don’t have any major plans but I will travel and see some family in Italy. But yeah, it's basically about just being able to relax."

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A statement on social media reads: "After 63 years at 14 High Street, the time has come for Ricky to hang up his pinny for once and for all.

"We will be closing on Sunday, June 2. A heartfelt thank you to all our customers for your support over the years. From the very beginning it’s been a beautiful family affair with memories made that we will always hold close to our heart.

"Wishing you a very happy Retirement Ricky. Family run since 1961”