An independent Lichfield coffee shop has confirmed it will be opening up a second outlet in the city.
The bosses of Melbourne on Bird Street say their new Penni Uni Coffee House will occupy a space at Lichfield District Council House which is being transformed into a new office and incubator hub space for local businesses and entrepreneurs.
A spokesperson said:
“This coffee house will be all about the community and how to interact with people.
“Office spaces, patrons and alike will be welcome – we have even made the council dog-friendly!
“We will be running independently from the council but trying to help everyone come together.”Melbourne spokesperson
Bosses said the new name would be a nod to the past.
“During the mid-17th Century, coffee was no longer views solely as a medicinal plant and this change in perception created a novel opportunity for the serving of coffee to patrons.
“The first coffeehouses established in Oxford were known as penny universities as they offered an alternative form of learning to structural academic learning, while still being frequented by the English virtuosi who actively pursued advances in human knowledge.
“The coffeehouses would charge a penny admission which would include access to newspapers and conversation. Reporters, called runners, went around to the coffeehouses announcing the latest news. This environment attracted an eclectic group of people.
“In a society that placed such a high importance on class and economic status, the coffeehouses were unique because the patrons were people from all levels of society. Anyone who had a penny could come inside.”Melbourne spokesperson
Lichfield District Council said it hoped the new office space would create a “vibrant” city centre business hub.
The local authority has launched a survey to help it understand the facilities needed as part for the new versatile space.
Jonathan Percival, economic development officer, said:
“Lichfield District Council is opening up its doors to create a vibrant business office space and incubator hub in the heart of the city centre.
“We are looking to engage with businesses and freelancers from across the district to understand what you would like to see for your city centre business hub.”Jonathan Percival, Lichfield District Council