Cafe provides home for unwanted equipment

A new canteen and workshop opening in Liverpool is encouraging a localism philosophy with its outfit and equipment installation.

The new Fruit + Fibres cafe will house a variety of sewing and knitting machines to rent and will feature a flexible set-up. As accordingly there will be no fixed number of covers for the eatery element of the business, kitchen usage levels will differ every day.

Eschewing distribution companies, the venue’s founder, Hannah Cave, has hired an independent local builder, Luke Owen, director of JCIL Building & Electrical Services, to outfit the whole premises.

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“The Fruit + Fibres mentality is all about promoting local business, and reducing equipment and food waste as much as possible,” Cave told Catering Insight. “Therefore we are using recycled and upcycled equipment which I have sourced from Gumtree or Freecycle.

“For hygiene and practical reasons we’ve bought new worktops and taps, but pretty much everything else has been rescued, salvaged, or scavenged.”

Some of the equipment is of domestic specification, but Cave says that as the cost is economical, she does not mind if it doesn’t last that long. “We’re giving this equipment one last shot at life,” she said.

And as most of the food will be batch cooked out of hours, this should reduce the time pressure on the food preparation process. “If we run out of what we have cooked, we will just provide sandwiches, to ensure there is no waste,” commented Cave. “A lot of our food provision will be for takeaway as well.”

The kitchen outfit is currently in progress and the venue is due to open before the end of this month.

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