No sales most Thursday eveings. Made no attempt to attract families despite being in a town that is very family orientated. They did no advertising whatsoever or any incentives to encourage people to visit. Hopefully we could now see a well run Indian restaurant in there.
Thank you for replying Piesman, whenever I went past it always seemed to be busy on weekend evening times. When speaking to people who had made a reservation there, they told me you had to book sometimes up to two weeks in advance. I have tried making contact with Robbie Johnsons in Hull about this but to no avail.
The other main problem is that it is very small so even when full it is not generating huge amounts. This is why I believe only something like an Indian restaurant would pay as they could also do takeaways as well as sit down meals. I would expect Brough could easily cope with two. It has two chinese takeaways.
In my opinion, I think it has tried to be a café/ bistro and they clearly did not work so I just don't think an Indian restaurant would either, but that is just my opinion.
If anything I hope it doesn't become another hairdressers primarily because we have so many already. I would love it if it was maybe a gift shop or if the Post Office was to move there because their current location is far too small.
A gift shop would not make enough money and there is not any parking for the post office so neither would really work as a business. An Indian would work simply as they could suppliment the covers in the restaurant with 4/5 times as many in takeaways. This is how the majority are so successful. I know of one that is a similar size to the Robbie Johnsons site and they fill up on weekends but can serve 4/5 times as many meals each night than a stand alone restaurant.
I have to agree with Emma, I think if the post office was to move to a bigger location with some car park it would definitely solve the car parking issue already at the existing location. It is getting much worse and often causes a traffic hold up from the cross roads with cars waiting to turn in. As for an Indian takeaway I don't personally think it would work, it would if it was perhaps in Hull or York but I don't think it would in Brough. Whenever I go by the Indian it doesn't look that busy compared to say the Chinese takeaways or other takeaways in Brough. I may be wrong and it could be a complete success but for now I am remaining doubtful.
I suppose only time will tell what the new business venture will be at the old Robbie Johnsons Cafe.
I hope it isn't going to be unoccupied for long as it would be nice to see a new business in there as soon as possible.
After discussing the options with a relative they felt as though a licenced bar would work quite well in Brough, simply because a lot of people do travel to Hessle to visit such bars as The Weir so maybe there is scope for Brough having something of a similar nature. As I said before only time will tell.
A wine bar maybe but it would have to be full most evening to really pay. As for the Indian takeaway I know it does very very well. They don't look busy as people only spend a minute in there collecting food. I agree the post office needs moving but to a site with a decent car park. I would not be surprised to see it move to Brough south once it opens.
Oh my I didn't realise people still ate rabbit stew! haha... I have never tried it but I hear it is an acquired taste. I suppose though peterw6889 that you can get proper traditional English meals like steak pie and Yorkshire puddings in the many traditional pubs we have here around Brough. I would still really like to see a wine bar :)
Costa have just opened their new outlet near Witty Street in Hull and thats not a shopping centre. With reference to a decent cafe 100m away, that is debatable. I've tried it a few times and its just not for me. Its more like a childrens creche, full of prams and screaming kids. Hopefully Costa will appeal to those who want to be able to have a coffee and a chat in peace. Only time will tell!!