Happy Friday Kitchen is Oxford’s first & only vegan comfort food restaurant, we are a small independent business with a whole lot of heart. I opened HFK in 2017 with the goal of making vegan comfort food accessible & fun. Our motto is ‘It’s Friday Somewhere’ because we believe that Friday is a state of mind & you shouldn’t have to wait until the weekend to treat yourself. 2.5 years after opening we have gained a cult following of dedicated customers who have supported us through the highs & lows of this wild ride.
As tough as our industry is (especially for new, small, independent, vegan businesses!) we have never faced a tougher challenge than the Coronavirus pandemic. We are doing all we can to survive, taking advantage of government schemes where possible, furloughing staff, and I am running a reduced service a few days a week in the hope of maintaining some cash flow while brightening up your lockdown with delicious vegan junk food! However, it’s still not enough, our overheads are just so huge and are income is now less than 10% of what it was before the virus. We are fundraising to pay for our ongoing costs including rent, utilities, insurance, supplier invoices, waste removal & other running costs.
How you can help
We are asking for anyone who can afford to, to pre-purchase meals to be redeemed after the pandemic to help ease cash flow & keep us afloat during the coming months. We know this is a lot to ask as we are all struggling, so please only purchase if you are financially secure.
I would like to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who has supported us so far, from buying gift vouchers & ordering takeaways, it all means the world - Lola & Buddha x