A POPULAR town centre café forced to close by a flood before reopening recently is sending out “we’re still here” message to its customers.

The bustling Naked Bean on the ground floor at Oldham Gallery and Central Library was shut for a month after a burst upstairs caused it to shut for a month.

It re-opened after Easter after an insurance pay-out enabled the café to be restored, but since then footfall has been 40 per cent down.

Owner Stuart Cunniffe has run Naked Bean since 2003 and it relocated from Spindles Shopping Centre to its current home in 2012.

Now he is sending out a message to the Oldham business “we’re back in business”.

He said: “I think there are a lot of rumours travelling around that we’ve closed, but we’re here and happy to serve our loyal customers.

“The problem with rumours is they travel 10 times faster than the truth.

“We have grown from having just 40 seats to 100 and we have 30 outside in the kitchen garden patio.

“I am employing eight people and we’re proud to have been part of Oldham town centre for the last 16 years – long may it continue.”