This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 25/03/2017.
New cocktail bar opening in Croydon where you will also be able to get cereal at breakfast
A cocktail bar where drinks will be prepared with dry ice and fire is opening in Croydon town centre and the venue will open from early morning as well serving breakfast and traditional English dishes.
Memory Box is opening in the former home of Caffé del Ponte on the High Street, next to Club 88 Degrees.
The new bar is being designed to have a retro theme with images of Snow White and Jessica Rabbit hand drawn on the walls and is launching on Friday, April 7, at 6pm with a team of cocktail mixologists creating cocktails with real fruit.
Co-owner Louise Sainsbury has experience of running a successful venue in the borough and wants to restore Croydon’s late night economy.
Miss Sainsbury said: “Croydon used to be a destination for people to head to after work and when I ran Tiger Tiger there was a massive corporate business with office workers looking for somewhere to go between 5pm and 11pm.
“Since Tiger Tiger closed there hasn’t been a stand out bar in this area of Croydon for people to go straight after work. We have Boxpark and Playground, in South Croydon, but there has been a gap in the centre of town.
“We’ve found that people tend to go straight into central London or to places like Clapham or Wimbledon at the end of their working day, rather than go out in Croydon.
“Sadly the town’s nightlife has been impacted and we are trying to do something about that because I know there is a desire from people still wanting to go out here.”
Opening hours will be from 7am when breakfasts will be served, including full English breakfast, cereals, porridge and pop tarts.
Throughout the day milkshakes made from ice cream and sweet treats of your choice such as types of chocolate will be on the menu, as well as platters of food and British dishes including fish and chips, pie and mash, sausage and mash and bread and butter pudding.
The bar, which will have a 200-capacity, will offer 2 – 4 -1 drinks between 3pm and 9pm daily. It will close at 2am.
Miss Sainsbury added: “We want it to be an experience when people come to the bar so our cocktail mixologists will be flairing [performing tricks] and there will be dry ice and fire involved.
“We are still working on the final list of cocktails but one we have lined up is going to be called the Snow White and it will be served in an apple.
“We are going for a very retro theme. An artist is hand drawing characters like Snow White and Jessica Rabbit on the walls inside.
“The team who ran Caffé del Ponte did a brilliant job and built up a great relationship with regular customers, who they are popular with, so they will continue to run the new bar during the day when we are focused on selling food.”