By Lewis Campbell
The family-run Filwood Broadway café has announced it will be closing its doors in March – after only a year of trading in Knowle West.
Having opened in March 2018, the Filwood Park Coffee House and Confectionary soon became a local and convenient destination to grab a coffee and bacon sandwich.
Their idea to combine a coffee and sandwich shop with traditional sweets and milkshakes was unique and instantly popular with locals and children.
Owned by Knowle Wester Robin Cornick, it has been a family enterprise with his wife Debbie and daughters Kerrie and Lisa all working there.
But the family has reluctantly had to give notice on the property saying one of the main reasons for the closure is due to the high monthly rental.
They say the summer of 2018 saw the café very busy daily – but as the winter months closed in, business became less frequent.
Coupled with the high costs of rent and utility bills, this has forced them to cease serving coffee and sandwiches to the community at the end of March.
Robin who had a café in Broadwalk 13 years ago came back to the area because he ‘wanted the Broadway to take off” and he always felt the key to his businesses success was “the regeneration of the area.”
This is the second local café that has been forced to stop trading in the area within the past year – with Conoisseur Café closing on Melvin Square in September because of a rent increase.