Café Bar Operator Sought For One Of Derby’s Most Popular Cafés

A new operator is being sought for one of Derby’s most popular cafés.

The award-winning Bean Caffe at Friar Gate Studios has been under the ownership of Swain Myers for the past four and half years and has established a loyal customer base.

The café has survived the pandemic and the current cost of living crisis and now, due to a lifestyle change, the opportunity exists for a new operator to take over the helm.

The popular café was founded in 2010 and is located within Friar Gate Studios, the headquarters of Derby City Council’s Connect Derby managed workspace scheme.

A past winner of Best Café at the Derby Food & Drink awards, Bean Caffe has a diverse customer base – from Friar Gate Studios’ tenants and the public to the local business community.

The café is popular with staff and students at the University of Derby Law School, which is based across the road – a partnership which was marked by the creation of a delivery service for the university at the end of 2019.

The café serves a selection of homemade, seasonal food and drink, including breakfast, lunch, and brunch.

It has multiple revenue streams: the café is currently open from 8.30am – 3.00pm, Monday - Friday. It has a full licence to sell alcohol and also caters for external events ranging from wedding receptions to barbecues and corporate Christmas parties.

The open plan dining space has 60 covers and includes the use of the outdoor courtyard. It also has it own dedicated entrance.

The café is equipped with a fitted kitchen with cooking and refrigeration facilities, stainless steel sinks, worktops, service counter and dishwasher. It also has toilet facilities and a storage area.

The new café operator will be a tenant of Derby City Council.

Commenting on the opportunity to take over the running of Bean Caffe, Swain Myers said:

“Bean Caffe has been a big part of my life for the part four and a half years, and I am proud of the thriving business we have created. The time has come, however, for me to get a better work/life balance and pursue new ventures.

“Lots of untapped potential exists for the business with the new University Business School to be completed in early 2025.

“The café has a loyal, experienced team who are all food hygiene trained and are keen to remain within the business.”

Ann Bhatti, Connect Derby business centre manager, added:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for entrepreneurs or commercially minded food enthusiasts to take over a thriving, well established business. Connect Derby is open to flexible lease negotiations and a quick completion is available for any interested parties.

“We hope the successful operator will create the same sense of community that Bean Caffé has established at Friar Gate Studios over the past 13 years.”

All enquiries regarding the café bar should be directed to agents Ellis and Ellis:

Friar Gate Studios offers stylish, modern office facilities for businesses in the creative industries and the supply chain to the sector.

Tenants have access to super-fast internet, on-site management and reception services, meeting rooms, IT support and visitor parking. They also benefit from a range of other facilities, including virtual office and conference facilities, as well as events and networking opportunities.