Jim’s Cafe has been a Chatsworth Road stalwart since the 1960’s, serving as a cafe and an ice cream factory, for six decades. Almost four years ago we took over the reigns, bringing our iconic burger and some great cocktails to the heart of Clapton.
Over the past year we adapted our offering as much as we possibly could, offering takeaway food, cocktails and box meals both directly and through suppliers like Deliveroo to help us stay afloat.
Sadly, with only a couple of outside tables, and fluctuating group size restrictions, we have struggled to make ends meet even when we were able to open. We’re now nearly out of steam, as we (hopefully) approach the end of lockdown.
It costs us over £6,000 per month to keep the doors closed, this covers the cost of our rent and monthly bills that continue to require payment even if we’re not trading. To open up for takeaway/box meals takes this cost up to £7,500, which in turn supports our staff and our supply chain, who are key to our successful reopening post COVID.
Jim’s Cafe was a thriving local venue, the perfect spot for brunch, lunch, dinner and cocktails well into the evening. Great parties and large bookings were our bread and butter, and sadly we’ve not been able to host either over the last 12 months. We know Jim’s means a great deal to the local community, as it does to us, and we’re now launching this Crowdfunder to help see us through these (fingers crossed!) last few months of restrictions.
If you’d like to help us ensure Jim’s can open again, as and when restrictions allow, we’d love your help. Your donations will help us to keep paying the bills and supporting our team so that we’re ready to go as soon as we’re allowed.