An Artistic Flair… The Story of Barista’s Café
Hettie Black established Barista’s Café in February 2008. She developed this daytime restaurant to provide great food and superb coffee. It also acts as a place for professionals in the Sandyford Industrial estate to gather and network. Barista’s Café serve a dynamic lunch and breakfast menu that caters for all tastes. Hettie has a passion for locally sourced quality food. Because of this, Barista’s Café even have their own allotments where they grow organic vegetables and fruits.
Hettie has a love for both food and art. This culminates in Barista’s Café hosting art exhibitions on a regular basis. Artists get a great opportunity for exposure as they get up to two months to display and sell their art on the walls of Barista’s Café. Hettie doesn’t even take commission on the sale of the artwork, as she does it for the love of it. You can tell that Hettie is passionate about art, as she offers a professional hanging system and launch party for the artists. Barista’s Café provide canapés as well as a welcoming atmosphere to promote a memorable launch. While people perceive art exhibitions as a little stiff; Barista’s Café place both the artists and the guests in a relaxed ambience, with friendly staff, excellent service and even piano music to provide a night of great fun! These launch parties also act as a great promotion of Barista’s Café and results in many new regulars.
Ups and Downs
Running a successful restaurant always comes with ups and downs. When one of their ovens broke down, Barista’s Café had a major problem. They only have a 45-minute window to prepare food for their guests, meaning they can’t fully operate when one of their ovens is down. Good restaurant ovens, like the convectional and microwavable oven that Hettie needed, do not come cheap. She had previously used the banks for funding, but the banks can take months to come to a decision. Through the RAI she heard about GRID Finance. We offer a quick turnaround time; giving a decision within just 24 hours. Once she sent in the documents and her application, she was able to access the money quickly, saving her hassle, and promptly getting her restaurant back to full capacity.
"A pleasure to deal with"
This oven breakdown happened nearly 3 years ago. The simplicity of the cash advance process and the flexibility of the repayments meant that Hettie has since come back for more top ups. She was even surprised when she was first told that her loan was already paid back in full. When asked about GRID’s Cash Advance, she said, “I didn’t even feel it being paid back”, and that our team was “a pleasure to deal with”. Hettie recommends the flexible repayments of GRID’s Cash Advance to help restaurants grow, as it works perfectly with the footfall of your business. This is possible, as the repayments are made as percentage of your daily credit/debit card machine takings; meaning you’re never paying back more than your business can allow. GRID looks forward to watching and supporting all of Hettie’s future business endeavours as she goes from strength to strength.