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The business centre’s favourite café

The business centre’s favourite café
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The business centre’s favourite café
Siobhan Stirling - Sharp Minds Communications for Capital Space by Siobhan Stirling - Sharp Minds Communications for Capital Space
Owner/Director - Sharp Minds Communications Ltd

When you’re busy developing your company and giving great service to customers, it can be difficult to find time to go out and have lunch. That’s why the business owners and their staff in our offices, studios and workshops at Capital Business Centre in Croydon love another of our customers, Eats Café.

Bringing something different to the centre  

Eats Café has had many names since its opening and has seen many different styles of food: ‘Before the unit was a café it was a greasy spoon and not a lot of people came in. I’ve always been in catering and have been great friends with my business partner, James, for thirty years, so I was delighted to join him running the café when he suggested it. 

‘The first year was difficult as we felt the menu wasn’t quite right, and there might have been a reputation that we needed to change from the previous owner.  When I joined, it was called Pete’s Eats, after James’ brother.  We changed the name and then, for some reason, about three years ago it just turned and regular customers kept coming in; literally one day we doubled our money – and it’s stayed like that since.’ 

Changing it up

If you go to the same café for lunch each day, you might get bored of the same food all the time. That’s why Eats Café take a different approach: ‘We are constantly changing our formula as we get quite a lot of regular customers and we felt that it needs to change to keep them from getting bored. We do sandwiches, baguettes, paninis, pastas. Everything is fresh, and everything is cooked here. We do all the cooking in one oven; we don’t fry anything and have invested in a £12,000 oven, which was well worth it as it does everything we need.’ 

Keeping the regulars  

Not only does Eats Café attract new customers from the centre, they also hang onto some after they leave: ‘We have customers now who have actually left the CapitalSpace site or given up their virtual office but decide to come back here for their lunch. We’re normally very busy because of this, especially during the week. Saturday can be a hit and miss though: if the other businesses on site are busy, so are we; if they aren’t, we aren’t either. Some of the owners actually tell us if they’ve got a busy day coming up so we can prepare either way.’ 

You know you’re doing well if old customers from the business centre come back after they’ve moved out. So if you’re ever in Capital Business Centre, pop into Eats Café for a bite to eat.  

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