Launch of Redemption Cafe
Local property developer and coffee lover Matt Whitehead has worked tirelessly to realise his dream and will be opening Redemption Coffee and Kitchen, a speciality coffee house serving a brunch menu.
Matt was one of the first landlords on the high street to approach For Tyldesley to see if we could work together to retain the historical architecture as he began the development of the previously derelict Independent House on Chapel Street.
He has created a contemporary coffee house/brunch restaurant on the ground floor and 2 one-bedroom high spec duplex apartments above with amazing views over the Cheshire plain.
For Tyldesley has supported Matt by part funding the window repairs and replacements, upgrading them to double glazed unit to reduce his carbon footprint, retain the ornate original features and frame the views across Top Chapel to the Market Square. The shop front has been restored, new pilasters, corbels and facia have framed the original glass panels creating an impressive entrance letting the early morning light flood the café while you enjoy a coffee and a croissant.
Matt told us “Working in a conservation area has brought a number of challenges that you wouldn’t usually encounter. However, partnering up with conservation architects and surveyors has enabled me to make the vision a reality. It’s been a lengthy development process to create this space, but it has been a labour of love. I’m a lot happier now it’s all done and it's clear to see the benefits of retaining the original features. The building now looks amazing and I’m grateful for the support I had from For Tyldesley and also the assisting grant from Historic England has ensured that this building reclaimed its former glory and that this piece of local history was not lost.”
Redemption Coffee and Kitchen is due to open in the new year and Matt is actively recruiting staff at the moment. If you would like to find out about the available roles, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Ian Tomlinson – For Tyldesley Manager said “ Matt’s project is a perfect example of what we are trying to achieve in Tyldesley. Bringing a vacant property back into use, providing residential accommodation and creating new jobs for local people. We hope that such projects will provide a great retail and leisure experience that, in turn, will improve the footfall and dwell time in the conservation area. We wish him good luck in his new venture, well done Matt”.