One of the cafes run by Bristol chain Friska, which went into administration and was sold earlier this week, is about to reopen as its founders start a new challenge.
Two of Friska’s eight branches in Bristol have been kept on by Friska’s founders Griff Holland and Ed Brown, who are rebranding them with a new name – Double Puc Cafe.
Five of the other six have been bought by a new firm, who will keep on staff and eventually reopen them all as Friskas under new ownership.
Bristol Live revealed on Tuesday that the firm had gone into administration, but a buyer had been found and the chain split up.
Founders Griff Holland and Ed Brown said that Friska had faced a huge challenge, because its business model was based on serving office workers and the pandemic had meant people were still working from home.
Friska’s branches in Cathedral Walk, Prince Street, Victoria Street, Park Street and Emersons Green have been bought by a firm called Renroc, who said they plan to reopen them as soon as possible.
The branch of Friska based inside the (HERE) building – formerly the Bath Road studios at Arnos Vale – will close permanently.
Two other Friska branches have been kept on by Friska’s founders – the one at the base of the Eye building at Temple Quay, and the one inside the Ovo Energy headquarters nearby at Temple Circus.
All the Friska branches closed at the very start of the pandemic, and because the numbers of people in the city centre has not returned to pre-pandemic levels, none have yet reopened.
But Bristol Live understands the first new Double Puc Cafe, in The Eye building at Temple Quarter, will open on Monday.
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