The owner of a takeaway café in Arnside says that the risk of opening during a pandemic has actually paid off.
Arnside Beach Hut has gone from strength to strength and aims to be the ‘hub’ of the village.
In August 2019, the owners embarked onto the journey not knowing that they would be opening in the midst of a pandemic.
They had to adapt to being a takeaway café due to restrictions, however owner Leanne felt that it actually works better as a takeaway as customers can enjoy drinks and cake on the beach.
Leanne Waddington said: “It was a massive risk, I was a mad woman to open a coffee shop during a pandemic, but it has been amazing, I couldn’t have asked for a better first six months of business to go so well. Lockdown has really worked in our favour as we are a takeaway instead of a café.”
The pandemic put a spanner in the works for Arnside Beach Hut being set up, but that wasn’t the only issue.
“January last year just before we found out about COVID, we had storms every weekend. The roof was leaking, we just thought oh my what are we doing, and then we found out about COVID and lockdown came but we thought we have started this now, let’s just carry on.”
Leanne and her husband wanted to make it something different to the classic café; they have a variety of tasty products to attract families, with the addition of activity sheets; they also have other big plans for the summer.
She said: “We wanted to be something completely different and somewhere for the families and kids to go, so somewhere where the aim is after the pandemic to offer kids parties for example mermaid parties on the beach and face paints.
“Secondly we wanted the café to be somewhere everyone feels they can go and feel comfortable.”
You can find information about the beach hut via their Facebook page