Is­land café is set for ex­pan­sion

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

LIS­MORE Café will be ex­pand­ing its menu af­ter a suc­cess­ful start to the year – thanks to the com­mu­nity.

How­ever, the café, which uses as much lo­cally-grown pro­duce as pos­si­ble, will keep costs at a rea­son­able price.

Katy Crossan, who works there, said: ‘We try to have ev­ery­thing rea­son­ably priced and have things sourced lo­cally. Ev­ery­thing is made ei­ther on the premises or made lo­cally.

‘We’re not Lon­don. We’re not go­ing to charge £ 8 for a roll. We want peo­ple to be stuffed with­out their purse be­ing empty.

‘We want peo­ple to think, “I was on Lis­more and it was good” – not leave with empty pock­ets. We want our cus­tomers to come back.’

The café is part of the Lis­more Gaelic Her­itage Cen­tre, which has a grass roof and geother­mal heat- ing, an ex­hi­bi­tion area, a li­brary, an ar­chive room, a gift shop and pub­lic toi­lets.

Katie con­tin­ued: ‘ We are one big fam­ily here. That’s what a true com­mu­nity is. You might not like your neigh­bour but you would never see them stuck.

‘The café pro­vides em­ploy­ment for the is­land. The kids now have a se­cure job.

‘It’s great to have lo­cal knowl­edge; they are not just wait­ers or wait­resses – they are serv­ing the com­mu­nity. Our lo­cal young peo­ple are car­ry­ing the her­itage on.

‘I say this a lot: the word ceilidh is Gaelic for to­gether and that is what this is: we are all a com­mu­nity and we’re a hugely tal­ented one.

‘It’s a great ex­pe­ri­ence and it’s an ex­cit­ing time to be run­ning a café.’

The café holds themed nights for hol­i­days such as Hal­loween and events such as film club.

Katy Crossan takes a quiet minute to sit out­side the café.

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