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MetiNews.Com - Cole Cafe & Deli is transforming into a permanent take-out space
Breaking News ! A Sunderland cafe owner has made the "difficult decision" to transform his business into a permanent take-out space after Covid-19 made it near-impossible to reopen. Adam Cole, 37, the owner of Cole Cafe & Deli on St George's Terrace in Roker, Sunderland, said the limited amount of space in his "tiny" shop would make enforcing Covid-19 restrictions unviable. Last week, the Government announced that pubs, cafes and restaurant can reopen on July 4 with strict measures put in place. But with only three tables and chairs and a counter, the popular cafe shop doesn't have enough room "regardless of whether they need two metres or one-metre space" between customers. Instead, they're taking out the tables, transforming the shop into a takeout space and giving the menu a complete overhaul in a bid to still serve their loyal customers. Adam said: "We've always been a very small place, we only have three tables so we would have had to take out another table just to reopen. Read More Related Articles Masks on Metro 'vital' with social-distancing restrictions on trains set to be eased this week Read More Related Articles Big furlough scheme changes on July 1 could see millions return to work this week "With the scale of our cafe it was quite clear we couldn't really function. Even if we took another table out people would still be coming in and out and we could only have one person in the shop at one time. "Our lease was meant to be up in August so it was a worry for us and we wondered whether we would be able to carry on but we think this is the best way to go forward. "For me, it was like we have got this business and it's going really well and the customers seem to be loving it but where do we go from here?" The cafe will have a bigger kitchen space and will restart its website so people can order online. They have also started a supper club which sees them make their own takeaway like food that people can collect and re-heat at home. Adam explained: "We're going to take out the tables to make room for a bigger kitchen space in the shop that will help us cater for more people. "I think it will help us cater for people who are on a lunch break and want to pick up something and are in and out whereas before we didn't really have the capacity to do that.
. We started a supper club every week which is going really well.
"It's different cuisines and we essentially make takeaways meal for customers to take home and cook. We will provide reheating instructions." And while Adam admits owning a business during a global pandemic has been "stressful" he's optimistic about the future. He said: "It has been a really stressful time but we're optimistic people and we know we can makes this work. "Everyone has been really positive about it, there are some people who will miss sitting in but hopefully we'll get some stools for people to sit while they wait and maybe some tables outside.
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"I think if the business wasn't doing very well it would be easier to walk away from it but everybody loves it, we're part of the community, it's hard to walk away from it. "We love speaking and meeting our customers and regulars. "It will be different for some of our customers who like to come in and sit and talk to us but most people seem to be really excited about what we can offer." Adam hopes the new service will be fully rolled out by the start of August. To keep up with all their latest news you can visit their Facebook page here.
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