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March 7, 2013

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Local breakfast cafe setting for movie scenes

You may have stopped by for coffee or a meal, or simply passed by on your way elsewhere.

But you probably didn’t know the counter where you sipped coffee or the table where you sat was part of the setting for a movie scene.

The popular breakfast and lunch nook Raff’s Cafe has been featured in coffee shop scenes in two recent independent films.

Mary Rafferty, owner of Raff’s Lunch & Breakfast Cafe at 620 Primrose St., was thrilled when a local movie director asked to use her restaurant in his films.

John Depew of Haverhill was a customer when Rafferty opened the shop four years ago.

”He was having breakfast and told me he’d filmed here with the previous owner and that he would like to film here again,” she said.

Rafferty liked the idea and they arranged for filming after business hours.

”They did everything to set up for the scenes, including moving tables, but they put everything back in its place before they left,” she said.

Depew said Raff’s was perfect for filming scenes at the counter and at a table.

”It’s large enough and can pass for a diner,” he said. And aestheically it looks great.”

Depew, 65, a filmmaker, actor and writer, has made three independent films in the last several years with his wife, Judy Coleman, who produces their movies under their company, Wild Beagle Productions.

”Judy was awesome to work with,” Rafferty said.

Shooting took place in various locations in the Haverhill and Lawrence areas, including at Raff’s cafe.

”She’s a wonderful gal and very accommodating,” Depew said about Rafferty.

Depew’s first film, titled “27 Down,’’ is a police drama filmed two years ago in Haverhill and Lawrence at locations including Raff’s, the Lawrence Police Station and a Shell gas station on Route 125 in North Andover.

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