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Cambridge’s first all-vegan cafe closes after break-in

The city's first all-vegan cafe has closed after a burglary – which the owner says cost the award-winning restaurant up to £5,000.

Independent Stem + Glory in King Street, Cambridge, was broken into last night (July 1) which saw overnight cash, electrical items and alcohol stolen from the premises.

The fridge was also opened, leaving the food spoiled, causing the business to close for the day.

The staff members spent the day cleaning so the cafe can reopen tomorrow

Founder Louise Palmer-Masterton, 52, who opened the eatery in 2017, said she hopes if anyone noticed anything that they will come forward.

"Someone has broken in last night and left our fridge open, stole items, our credit card machine, iPad and alcohol," she said.

"Luckily they didn't go through all of our alcohol.

"All in all, it's cost us around £5,000 in local business, food preparation, and items. We're covered through insurance, but not all of it will be.

"We work hard, we are an independent business. It's hard enough to make this work without a burglary."

Stem + Glory was voted the best restaurant in Cambridge last year at the 2018 British Restaurant Awards.

The independent eatery has two restaurants in the city, on Mitcham's Corner and King Street, both serving gourmet vegan food from locally-sourced ingredients made on site.

Despite the cafe being burgled, the staff members spent the day cleaning and it will re-open tomorrow from 10am.

"We are all prepped and raring to go," said Louise.

A Cambridgeshire Constabulary spokesman said: "We were called at 8.34am today (July 2) with reports of a burglary at Stem + Glory in King Street, Cambridge.

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