Dessert café for Gloucester Road

January 30 2017

A new dessert café is due to open its doors on Gloucester Road in March.

A new dessert café is due to open its doors on Gloucester Road in March.

Lebanese restaurant Lona is taking on the premises left empty by the closure of Lashings coffee house.

The new café will offer desserts, cakes, Italian ice cream, as well as the range of juices already made popular in Lona’s main restaurant.

The café will be just a few doors away from the existing restaurant, which has occupied the former Co-op site for the past three years.

It isn’t decided yet whether the new venture will also carry the Lona name, but a new manager and staff will be taken on to run it.

Lona manager Milan Faab said: “We’ve already started refurbishing it, which will take six to eight weeks. There’s a lot we haven’t decided yet, but it should be opening in March. People will also be able to hire it out as a birthday party venue.”

Lona’s existing offering is authentic Lebanese cuisine accompanied by fresh juice cocktails, as the restaurant doesn’t serve alcohol.

Its distinctive style includes a red and orange tented ceiling and a large open kitchen so guests can watch their food being cooked.

Whether the new dessert café matches this décor or adopts its own style is yet to be decided.