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Inverness café reopens with a new look


By Ian Duncan

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The café has been given a makeover during lockdown.
The café has been given a makeover during lockdown.

Bosses at an Inverness café took the opportunity to give the premises a brand new look while they were closed during the coronavirus lockdown.

Benny Karoci-Hadar, the owner of Rendezvous Café in Church Street, said the project was always going to happen as they tried to revamp the business every five years.

He said before they took over the business it was more of a greasy spoon establishment and they had since taken it to the “next level”.

The new look features a gold colour scheme and Mr Karoci-Hadar said it reflected confidence and the fact they were now an established business within the city centre.

It also features enhanced branding, a two-tone image and new lighting – they have also replaced the flooring and he said the atmosphere was “cosy and moody” following the refurbishment. He said: “It is a very Parisian or New York style.”

Ahead of unveiling the new look, the café carried out a full risk assessment and has introduced a range of safety measures including: social distancing; spaced out benches; operating at 60 per cent capacity; hand sanitiser stations; staff wearing PPE; pre-booked orders; and table service.

They reopened on July 6 offering a takeaway service, as well as outside seating, and since July 15 have been able to reopen the interior area with restrictions.

Mr Karoci-Hadar said that people should continue observing the safety measures.

He added: “We’ve really got to make sure we keep to the restrictions and enjoy the city centre.

“I think it is good there are more people in the city centre.”

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