A new coffee shop will open in the offices of Lichfield District Council next week.

The owners of Melbourne on Bird Street will launch Penni Uni on Monday (27th June).

It will coincide with the decision to reopen the council offices to the public on the same date after being shut for almost three years due to the Covid pandemic.

Owner Deborah Pease said:

“When we began discussions with Lichfield District Council around the potential for opening a cafe site we were particularly taken with the enthusiasm of the team to support community programmes and deliver services above and beyond the traditional. 

“After discussing their aspirations we determined that Penni Uni – based on Penny University from the original coffee houses – would be a great nod to the goal of supporting the community that councils ultimately are there to do.

“We will be gently opening on 27th June but bear with us as we get used to our new surroundings – we will be rapidly picking up speed in July and we look forward to welcoming a wide range of people to our new café.”

Deborah Pease

The new coffee shop will also serve other organisations that are set to move into Lichfield District Council House as part of plans to open up the site as an incubator hub for small local businesses.

Cllr Doug Pullen, leader of the local authority, said:

“We want our offices to become a real community hub and meeting place.

“I’m thrilled to say we have some new attractions and partner agencies who will be joining us and providing expanded services through our offices.  I’d encourage people to pop in and take a look.

“We are delighted we have been able to work with the much-respected café and catering group Melbourne who will be opening Penni Uni, a vibrant café in the building offering food and drink all day to visitors and staff right on our doorstep.”

Cllr Doug Pullen, Lichfield District Council

Penni Uni café will open from 8am to 4pm weekdays.

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