Kingsland car park brews up a caff in a shack

Antonio and Taryn staff of popup coffee-snack bar in Kingsland Shopping Centre car park July 2013 ©

A FEW DAYS after the coffee-in-the-cabin venture, above, was reported on, the plug has been pulled on it because of a lack of custom. Perhaps the now-unused hut represents an opportunity for a would-be  entrepreneur. The @ridley’scoffee shop a few hundred metres away, next to the Invisible Line gallery, has also closed. — Ed.


CAFE CULTURE has, uhm filtered, through Hackney so thoroughly that promoters are having to be ever more creative about outlet locations.

Above is the latest pop-up. Yes, it’s in the disused gatekeepers’ cabin at Kingsland Shopping Centre, and pictured below is Wu’s Cruise, the aquatic extension of Ridley Road Market Bar (Wu’s) on the Regent’s (Grand Union) Canal at the western end of Victoria Park E9 7HD.

For a month Daniele Lomascolo is renting the hut to test the sale of coffee and nibbles to people going to and from the shopping centre. The Italian’s knowledge of the culinary traditions of Puglia, his home, prompts him to offer, with the help of Antonio Lukic and Taryn Baer, above, coffee (80p), doughnuts (£1), coin-size ring pretzels, almond sweets and the olive oil that the region makes and exports around the world.

Short of demolition, it could be the best thing to happen lately to the centre which, with its rear pedestrian entrance via a narrow footpath through an underground car park, must be one of London’s worst malls. Dalstoners expect a lot of its proposed replacement.

The pop-up, which uses the name Flavours’ Farm, and is generous with free samples of Lomascolo’s “new line of healthy foods” at the cabin, aims to run from Mondays to Saturdays 9am to 5pm.

Wu’s hired narrowboat will continue to be moored at Vicky Park on Sunday 21 July 2013, before sailing to the Angel, Islington, to dispense drinks and snacks on Friday 2 August 2013, Saturday 3 August and Sunday 4 August.

Hamish Scott 200713

Canal therapy: Wu’s Cruisers show passers-by how to handle the het
Canal therapy: a Wu’s Cruiserette show passers-by how to handle the extreme heat of Vicky Park

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