Cafe Van Gogh in Brixton, south London, offers a 100 per cent vegan menu and helps adults who might otherwise be locked out of work into employment.
The cafe has launched a “booking drive” to boost custom and help it fight off the impact of the crisis, which has increased the cost of ingredients, energy bills, and staffing.
It’s an appeal suited to the cost of living crisis, said director and head chef Bonita De Silva, as punters with less money to eat out start to consider who to support when they do. And it’s already seeing results, with a call-out gaining traction on social media.
“One of the positives that came out of Covid was a real feeling of wanting to support local businesses, or businesses that meant something to you, because you wanted to keep them open,” De Silva told The Big Issue.
“I think that has changed the mentality of customers a little bit, and that’s something really nice that’s come out of something quite shitty.”