Bake-off winners to help reopen cafe
Costas with wife Flora
A CAFE in the heart of Emersons Green is planning its post-lockdown reopening – with some help from some of the area’s talented bakers.
Costas Kkolos had to close the Avenue Cafe, at the corner of Emerson Way and St Luke’s Close, in March.
Despite being unable to trade, Costas and his team kept busy, especially on social media, sending out recipes, competitions, surveys and even holding live demonstrations on Facebook.
Their biggest success was a bake off competition, which saw nearly 150 people taking part.
Running over a fortnight in May, contestants baked a cake of their choice and shared pictures on social media, with prizes for the staff favourite, people’s favourite and overall winner.
The top prize went to Claire Moon, the people’s favourite winner was 10-year-old Evie Lawrence and the Avenue Cafe favourite was Nichola Love.
All three are being invited along as VIPs to help Costas and his team reopen its doors on July 12.
Costas said: “Lockdown has had a huge impact on so many businesses, but what we have really noticed is how much of a community we have here in the cafe and the area itself.
“Independent businesses have been hit incredibly hard and we lack the resources of the big players but what we do have is a tonne of passion, creativity and incredibly loyal and frankly very wonderful customers.
“We wanted to make sure we didn’t lose that, even in lockdown, so we have been working hard to keep people informed, engaged and even entertained.
“The culmination of this was the bake-off, which was huge fun for all of us and actually exceeded our expectations in terms of entries and also the talent that people have been hiding away all this time. We thought that the best way to celebrate reopening would be to have a little party and to get our winners back to help us cut the ribbon as our VIPs.
“In fact, we want everyone who has been so kind in supporting us, engaging with us and just being part of this challenging journey to feel a part of the big day, so we will be making sure that everyone who entered the competition will receive a complimentary slice of cake when we reopen.”
For more information about the Avenue Cafe’s grand reopening, visit https://www.avenue-cafe.com/