Friday, May 28, 2010
A YamDaisy Cafe in a block of flats!
Here is a flat in a block of 8 flats. Two bedrooms each. Next door is another block. 9, one bedroom flats. Next to it is another block, and then another... (They call them apartments or units of course. It is me who is old fashioned and daggy and likes calling them flats!)
On the other side is a bare paddock. They pulled down the house that was there and they are planning to put up 4 townhouses. On the other side of that? You guessed it, another block of 4 town houses.
You get the picture? Lots of people, few children, the tenants are young and busy in the main, but there are old people here too, people with disabilities and chronic illness. There are small kitchens here, and not many cooks....
What a great place for a YamDaisy cafe!
It IS possible to get planning permission to turn a flat into a cafe. I have checked. It probably isn't easy! But I think it might be worth it.
Take the flat in the photo for example. These flats are quite basic, but they are well soundproofed. The flats above and beside can be protected from the noise of the cafe.
The living room and main bedroom could be opened up to form a reasonable eating area, the small, cool, second bedroom could be the store room. The kitchen is small, but what cafe kitchen isn't! So long as it is well set up, small can be good!
How convenient for everyone in the neighbourhood to be able to drop in for a meal and eat it in their community, or take it home for convenience.
There is even room in the courtyardish area for herbs to grow, or even an outside table or two.
Here are the benefits:
Convenient, delicious, affordable food
Good health outcomes
Fostering a sense of community
Before long, every big block of flats built would have a central place put aside for the YamDaisy Cafe to be!