A RETRO cafe owner forced to close within days of starting to trade has started a petition to resurrect refreshments at Cary Park in Torquay.
Claire Hall was serving coffee and cake from her Atomic Cafe van at the new play park on a three-month trial.
She was given a Torbay Council temporary licence to trade during the summer and at weekends when children return to school.
But she was been told to pack up her van after just a few days despite being popular with parents.
Now more than 100 people have signed her online petition to start serving again.
Claire, from Marldon, said: "I have been delighted with the response and all the kind messages from people who really liked what I was doing there.
"This isn't necessarily about my business but the principle of taking away a service which was clearly very popular with people."
Claire, who caters at festivals and local events, says she was asked to leave after anger from councillors and traders.
They said they had voted against a concession and were shocked when it turned up.
Now the petition will be presented to Torbay Council in the hope of overturning the decision.
Claire has set up the petition at Change.org.
It is addressed to Cllr Pete Addis, St Marychurch ward councillor, mayor Gordon Oliver and Cllr Derek Mills, executive lead for business planning and governance.
It asks the authority to allow refreshments in Cary Park and to eventually fund a toilet and picnic bench.
Claire said: "It is a very much wanted and needed facility in this area."
A Torbay Council spokesman said the concession finished at the request of the ward councillors who had been contacted by the community partnership and businesses.
Feedback on the trial will be presented to elected members before a decision is made on the provision of similar services in the future.