April Fool name change gives Sarah her busiest day of the year

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AN April Fools’ Day prank paid off for Sarah Mallett, new owner of the Fort Café on Sidmouth’s seafront.

Without telling her landlord, David Burgoyne, Sarah, who took over the café near Bedford Lawn car park on January 7, swapped round the a and o from the building’s frontage, and in Fawlty Towers style, rearranged them to read Fart Cofé

“I wasn’t sure if people would notice, and how it would go down, but there was a stream of people taking photographs and some woman from Bergerac in France said she would take it home,” said Sarah, whose mum Jane, who helps her out, used to run the café a decade ago.

Sarah said the Sunday turned out to be her busiest day so far, adding: “It was a record so far, I’d like to think some custom came from having a little bit of fun.”

When the building was re-decorated, Sarah noticed the lettering popped on and off.

“It was only changed for the day, from first thing in the morning to the end of play that day,” she said.

“I think the landlord saw the funny side of things. He has a sense of humour.”

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