A date has been set for the opening of a new coffee house and bar in Derby’s Cathedral Quarter.
Bear Coffee Company has confirmed that it will be opening its latest outlet in Iron Gate on Friday, December 1.
Since receiving permission from Derby City Council earlier this year, the business has been busy revamping the former Lloyds TSB bank building, which has been empty since 2009.
It is now in the process of putting the finishing touches to the premises, which are being created in the grade 2-listed property next to Bennett’s department store.
Once open it will employ 15 people, including five full-time positions. In August, the firm started recruiting for a general manager, assistant manager, baristas, chefs and a bar manager.
Bear Coffee Company is currently revamping these premises in Iron Gate
During the day, the Iron Gate premises will sell speciality coffee and freshly-prepared food. It will also sell cocktails, wines and beers in the evenings.
Bear Coffee Company is a Uttoxeter-based business and opened its first coffee shop in the town at the start of last year. The Derby premises will be the firm’s second outlet.
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Co-founders Craig Bunting and Michael Thorley have said its latest coffee house will breathe new life into Iron Gate and “quite possibly change the way we think about how we socialise”.
A description on the firm’s website reads: “More than a coffee shop and a refreshing alternative to the traditional pub or bar, Bear is at the forefront of the global ‘third wave’ coffee movement that sees coffee as an artisan foodstuff, rather than a bland commodity.
“But, as well as serving sustainably-sourced, speciality coffee, Bear will offer freshly-prepared food, locally sourced where possible, in a brunch style, casual dining format, as well as an evening menu that reflects their cocktail, wine and craft beer bar setting.”
Co-founder Craig said: “We are delighted to be expanding to Derby; the city where Michael and I shopped and skateboarded as kids.
“Our vision is to combine better coffee during the day with an alternative bar experience in the evenings – served by skilled, passionate staff.
“We have worked hard to ensure that Bear is part of a growing movement that breaks the mould and offers a unique and addictive vibe.”
Source: Derby Telegraph