A pop-up café has opened in South Bristol and offers coffee, cakes and light snacks as well as a selection of rare records.
De Jah Brew was launched in the warehouse that once housed MJJ Autos Ltd in Booth Road, Southville, which is slated to be converted into an 11-room inn later this year.
Before the building is taken over by Towed Town Camping, the company behind the renovation, it is used by community organization The Sanctuary, whose lease ends at the end of May.
De Jah Brew will negotiate until then, serving coffee from Triple Co Roast, baked goods from Claremont cakes and savory dishes prepared by entrepreneur Francis Reilly.
Customers can also choose to add cannabidiol (CBD) – the second most common, but non-high, active ingredient in cannabis – to their hot drinks.
While people wait for their take-out coffee to be brewed, they can browse a section of records spanning a wide range of genres, from drum & bass to rock.
Francis launched his ‘Coffee & Vinyl’ brand, of which De Jah Brew is an offshoot, with a cafe in Torquay before moving to Bristol in March 2020, where he first appeared at Glitch barbershop in Old Market, then to Old Castle Green in St Jude.
“I had two cafes in the Old Market area before I met the guys from Sanctuary, who invited me to come here until the end of their rental at the end of May,” he said.
“It’s a great space next to the Dean Lane Skatepark and I really enjoyed being a part of the facility here.
“Everything we sell is homemade and we work with as many local businesses as possible. We look forward to meeting more customers in the coming weeks.”
Other menu items include toast and bagels, a plowman’s sandwich, and vegetarian puff pastry.
Claremont Cakes is run by one of Francis’ former employees – Francis helped him start his business after learning he had a passion for baking.
When the Booth Road rental ends, the vinyl collector plans to open a new independent market in Broadmead, home to a dozen different businesses in July.