Your Local Coffee & Waffle House
Chi Chi's, named after our daughter Lucia, will be an exciting new coffee and waffle house, located on the border of Winchmore Hill and Palmers Green. With a focus on doing simple things really well, we will be serving: the best, speciality coffee; unique waffle-based food creations and a delicious menu of firm favourites from across the salad and sandwich spectrum. All this, will be served by friendly, welcoming staff in a beautiful, spacious, premises, that draws inspiration from our love of industrial design and styling.
We have made huge strides towards making Chi Chi's a reality, BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP TO GET OVER THE LINE...
A Great Place for Everyone to Hangout
We want to create a great place that everyone can enjoy and where each and every person feels welcome and relaxed. With its generous proportions, Chi Chi's will be big enough to accommodate groups of friends and family, whilst also providing a more intimate space for individuals to read the paper, check emails or catch up with an old friend. As parents, we know the importance of having a designated area for little ones, and we have developed a space where they can be entertained by some innovative, tech-based ideas.
We will also provide a dedicated pram and bike park to ensure there is always enough room for everyone at Chi Chi's. Outside will be transformed into an inviting seating area, enclosed by raised, timber plant beds planted with lush, green hedging.
We love a great cup of coffee and so, after meeting with a whole bunch of fantastic coffee roasters from across the vibrant London coffee scene, we have decided to partner with the multi-award-winning coffee roasting company - Square Mile Coffee Roasters. These guys are the real deal, living and breathing coffee out of their bespoke roastary just off Hackney Road. Set up by the inimitable James Hoffman (author of The World Atlas of Coffee) and Anette Moldvaer (World Cup Tasting Champion) it is clear that what these guys don't know about speciality coffee is not worth knowing.
We are super excited to be bringing this superb coffee, served by trained baristas to our little corner of North London and can’t wait for you to try it.
Alongside this star attraction, we will also be serving a selection of delicious teas, hot chocolate, local craft beers, superb wines and Prosecco.
Being as passionate about food as we are about coffee has lead us to our new obsession – waffles! The versatility of these delicious tasting morsels continues to surprise us as we discover new and exciting recipe ideas every day. From mouth-watering savoury creations to delicious sweet treats there is much more to the humble waffle than most realise.
Be it an American or a Belgian waffle, a sweet batter or a savoury batter, vegan or gluten free, the key to these versatile and delicious creatures is what we serve them with. The savoury waffle can be: generously topped with organic, roasted vegetables and finished with goat’s cheese; stacked high with slow-roasted pulled pork or served as a tasty, cheesy waffle sandwich.
Whilst the sweet versions can incorporate cinnamon or even gingerbread into the batter and be finished with homemade ice-cream, dipped in chocolate sauce or simply served with an array of fruit pieces and compotes. With waffles as our creative canvass, the combinations are endless and we are excited to introduce you to this whole new world of waffle goodness.
Alongside waffle inspired dishes, we will serve a selection of delicious, healthy salads and sandwiches using award winning local bakers Holtwhites for their incredible breads and pastries. Yes! We will have pastries and cakes too! From Holtwhites’ tasty almond croissant to our own secret, family-recipe chocolate brownies, there will be something for everyone to enjoy. Healthy, quality and local ingredients are really important to us and we will strive to use organic and local produce wherever possible.
The People Behind Chi Chi’s
Behind the concept of Chi Chi's is local couple Richie and Victoria Hardwicke, who moved to the area three years ago and live just up the road with their little girl Lucia and baby boy Leon.
Richie started working in restaurants in his native Cork City in Ireland at the age of 15, moving to the UK 5 years later to study architecture. He moved to London in 2007 and has spent much of the past decade helping businesses to focus on sustainability and be more environmentally friendly across their operations, products and supply chains. As part of a lifestyle change, he began working from home, designing and building bespoke furniture in North London. That is until, the coffee house dream presented itself!
Richie is the driving force behind Chi Chi's and you will see him down there in the coming months, building furniture, fitting out the kitchen, bar and bathrooms and generally doing everything he can to ensure Chi Chi’s is ready to open its doors in September. Please feel free to say hi if you’re walking by.
Chief motivator behind Richie is his fantastic wife Vics, a dab hand at PR and marketing. Vics will be a regular presence at Chi Chi’s and will be helping to spread the word and keep you all updated with everything Chi Chi’s through social media.
The Story So Far
We had been walking past the site for nearly three years, hoping that somebody would do something with it, until one day in late 2017 we realised that maybe that somebody could be us! After doing some initial investigative work and starting negotiations, Chi Chi’s suddenly became a possibility and we have been working hard ever since to raise the money required to make it a reality. We have managed to raise 85% of the finances through our own personal savings and loans but WE NEED YOUR HELP to raise the very last of the required funds and that is where crowdfunding comes in. We are hoping to build a crowd of family, friends, neighbours and local community supporters to collectively back us with pledges to get Chi Chi’s up and running.
What will your support help to do?
We want to bring proper, speciality coffee to our area and this takes some seriously expensive machinery to ensure you get a consistently great coffee every time you visit. Your support will help to make sure we can go the extra mile with Square Mile Coffee Roasters and get the recommended machinery at Chi Chi’s. Trust me, you will taste the difference. Your support will also help us turn the property's surrounding area of lifeless concrete into a secluded green oasis. We have already begun the outdoor work and built the raised hedging but there is still so much more to do to. The money raised, will ensure we can purchase the furniture, plants, add a buggy ramp and finish the flooring properly. We are super excited about this outdoor area. It takes a bit of imagination to see past the barren concrete wasteland that was there but with your help and lots of hard work, it is gonna be awesome.
Because One Good Turn Deserves Another - Rewards
And to say a massive thank you for your support we have developed a set of awesome rewards for each pledge given. Depending on whether you are a coffee lover, have always dreamed of a waffle being named after you or you just want to come and enjoy a great day of waffles, drinks and live music at the launch party, there is a reward for everyone.
Please take a look at the full list of rewards below, pledge if you can, post on social media and help to spread the word by sharing with friends, family and neighbours.