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Popular community cafe set to reopen

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Pandemic forced the Edinburgh eatery to close

CafeLife, the community cafe on Cheyne Street, Edinburgh, is set to officially reopen on 9 May with a brand-new menu and revamped interiors following its forced closure through the pandemic.

Run by local charity LifeCare Edinburgh, all proceeds from the cafe go towards supporting the delivery of the organisation’s vital care services for older people living across Edinburgh.

The pandemic forced the café to close its doors to their loyal sit-in customers in March 2020.  The closure has been a real loss to the area as CafeLife is the only full-accessible community café around, offering good value food and drink appealing to all generations and with lots of space for buggies and wheelchairs.  

Opened nearly ten years ago, the team took the opportunity to upgrade the café through the covid-closure. The charity secured emergency funding to revamp CafeLife’s interiors and the kitchen team have spent time creating a new and improved menu to appeal to all tastes and dietary needs.

The charity is announcing that they will be joined by celebrated and best-selling Scottish crime writer Val McDermid for the official ribbon cutting event on Wednesday 11 May.  Val will sign copies of any of her books brought along on the day. 

Jemima Hankins, Community Hub Co-ordinator at LifeCare said “We are absolutely delighted that we are reopening CafeLife at long last. There’s nothing else like us in the area and we know how much our regular customers have missed us.

"We’ve a huge bright space that appeals to all ages and stages; people pop in on their own or come with friends to enjoy good honest food and drink - with all proceeds going towards our vital care services for local people. We really are a cafe with a difference!

Our loyal customers love to pop in to meet or make new friends, enjoy good value food and we’re relaunching with an exciting new menu designed by Chef Tony keeping our cafe staples such as soups, bacon rolls and paninis but we’ve added pancakes, smoothies and milkshakes. The blueberry pancakes are a must! 

We are thrilled to be marking our reopening with a guest appearance from Val McDermid on Wednesday 11 May and we will be running lots of promotions across the week – check our socials for full details or pop-in for more info.”



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