By Dave Barry
After six months’ work, Walkers of Bar Street, Scarborough, has completed its facelift.
Previously Taylors, the café was taken over in February by Andy Walker, who has a good track record when it comes to running cafés.
Since Andy launched Espresso Yourself in July 2014, it has become one of the town’s most popular cafés.
For the last six months, Andy, who previously worked at Costa, has been applying his magic touch to Walkers.
The place was gutted and redecorated a room at a time, without closing.
Andy and his contractors carried out the work after hours, frequently working through the night.
“Customers were really supportive throughout”, Andy says. “In the end, it turned into game of ‘what's being done next’. They could see it was being improved”.
Everything has been brightened up in the three rooms (with about 70 covers) on two floors.
The building, joinery and redecoration was undertaken by ID Developments and Chris Makin.
Three new ovens have been installed in the kitchen as Andy has tried to improve the cafe’s overall efficiency.
The walls are adorned with large paintings by Scarborough artist Steve Whitehead.
The menu is pretty much the same, although greater emphasis is being placed on gluten-free and vegan options; most of the soups are vegan, for instance.