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By day a relaxed cafe serving delicious coffee and food and by night a stylish bar with cocktails, hifi music and casual dining.
By day a relaxed cafe serving delicious coffee and food and by night a stylish bar with cocktails, hifi music and casual dining.
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Split over two floors, Louie Louie will be a refreshingly new food and drink addition to the Walworth Road brought to you by the team behind Fowlds Cafe and the co-owner of The Bedroom Bar, Comedy Cafe and NOLA cocktail bar in Shoreditch.

By day Louie Louie will be a relaxed cafe offering excellent quality coffee, delicious weekday breakfast and lunch, and a killer weekend all day brunch menu.

By night Louie Louie will be a stylish bar serving up an eclectic cocktail list, wines and craft beers. Live acoustic music and DJs will play through our bespoke vintage HiFi system as our guest chefs serve up a casual dining menu to match.

Beneath the rafters downstairs lies an intimate lounge with booth seating used for showcasing live music sets in the evenings, for private parties and as a co-working space with exceptional broadband during weekday office hours.

We are nearly at our overall target but to make it all happen, we need a little help. Which is where YOU come in.

 

Artist's impression ...
Artist's impression ...

 

 

We recently road tested some cocktail recipes at a pop up bar we ran at The Camberwell Fair. Work in progress ...
We recently road tested some cocktail recipes at a pop up bar we ran at The Camberwell Fair. Work in progress ...

 

Fried egg with fennel and avocado on rye toast: one of Hanne's many delicious signature brunch items!
Fried egg with fennel and avocado on rye toast: one of Hanne's many delicious signature brunch items!

 

Check out this decadent raspberry Victoria sponge by our in-house baker Stroma!
Check out this decadent raspberry Victoria sponge by our in-house baker Stroma!

 

Two versions of THAT song as modelled  by local legend NATTY BO, at our recent Camberwell Fair Sound System session ...
Two versions of THAT song as modelled by local legend NATTY BO, at our recent Camberwell Fair Sound System session ...

 

Upstairs colour palette: the bar, the floor, the banquettes
Upstairs colour palette: the bar, the floor, the banquettes

 

Audio porn #1: valve amps for low distortion, warm sound & excellent frequency response ...
Audio porn #1: valve amps for low distortion, warm sound & excellent frequency response ...

 

Audio porn #2: vintage upstairs speakers ...
Audio porn #2: vintage upstairs speakers ...

 

Audio porn #3: vintage ex studio monitors for downstairs ...
Audio porn #3: vintage ex studio monitors for downstairs ...

 

Downstairs colour palette: floor & booths ...
Downstairs colour palette: floor & booths ...

 

Lemon and raspberry tarts by Stroma. Why not learn how to make them with her? Check the "Bakery Class" reward, only £60 ...
Lemon and raspberry tarts by Stroma. Why not learn how to make them with her? Check the "Bakery Class" reward, only £60 ...

 

Plans, plans, plans ...
Plans, plans, plans ...

 

Risks and challenges

THE SITE

We have a great spot over two floors on the corner of Liverpool Grove, in the former Moyo Ma restaurant and next door to Santander.

We have secured a 15-year lease, we have an approved capacity of 150 and we have a liquor license in place until 23.30 midweek and 01.00 at weekends.

Refurbishment is due to begin in late August 2016.

We plan to open our doors in late October 2016.

THE AREA

The Walworth Road is one of the next high streets to be regenerated in London due to the level of investment into the area and its geographical location on the edge of zone 1-2. It needs a venue like this to not only cater for the existing demand but also for the inevitable increase as a result of the vast building redevelopment in the area.

THE PARTNERS

Jack Wilkinson

Jack is a creative visual designer that has worked in a number of different medium.

Jack’s design path began with a 10-year career in the UK film and television industry working in the art department on productions such as Black Mirror, The Mighty Boosh and Peep Show. As his design career developed, it became more diverse as he moved into retail design for brands such as Sipsmith Gin, Selfridges and Johnnie Walker. It was whilst completing a Masters Degree in Product Design in 2013 that Jack wrote the brief for a pop-up cafe in an upholstery workshop forming the concept for Fowlds Cafe.

It was at this point that he approached mutual friend and brilliant cook Hanne Cole about becoming business partners in their cafe idea. The two of them opened the doors on March 8th 2014 to thirsty coffee drinkers and cake enthusiasts and since then the cafe has gone from strength to strength receiving rave reviews on social media and publications such as a four page article in World of Interiors.

It was here that Jack and Hanne met local resident:

Chris Greenwood

A veteran of the music scene with a career path starting as a club DJ in mid 80s NYC, Chris has been involved in the conceptualising, launch and operation of a number of seminal venues, bars and restaurants in London (Bar Cuba, Bar Salsa, Bar Rumba, Cantaloupe, Market Place, Cargo, the Big Chill Bars and Camino) as well as music festivals (The Big Chill in the UK and Stop Making Sense in Croatia).

Via his company Bonanza Music, Chris has programmed music for brands at numerous major UK festivals (Bacardi, Ray Ban, Strongbow), and currently presents and produces radio shows for SOAS Radio and Mi Soul.

Currently he co-owns and operates the Bedroom Bar complex in Shoreditch, home to The Comedy Cafe Theatre, the TuJacks restaurant and the NOLA cocktail bar.

When approached by local cafe Fowlds for advice on a liquor license application, he met:

Hanne Cole

Hanne has been cooking professionally since 2011 where she set up the kitchen for Power Lunches, a cafe and music venue in East London. In 2012 she opened a cafe/canteen in V22 arts studios in Bermondsey, where she was catering for up to 90 hungry artists a day, on a tight budget. From here she was able to start events catering and she has now catered and managed a number of parties, weddings and private catering for clients such as The National Portrait Gallery.

Between us, we have a wealth of experience in creating a successful venue in an area of London that we all live in and know very well.

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    Your name on our website

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    Beer + Food Matching Session

    A very special evening of beer & food matching in the company of local brewers Orbit, who we will be championing from the get go! Five of their awesome beers will be matched with a selection of tasters to bring out their delicate flavours.

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    Have your name on a plaque

    Have your name etched into Louie Louie history on our contributor's brass plaque mounted proudly by our front door (check out the one at Fowlds!). A minimum 20 names to make it happen.

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    A weekend all day brunch for two

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    Cocktail masterclass

    Our good friends at Pernod-Ricard will whisk in one of their Havana Club Rum, Olmeca Tequila, Absolut Vodka or Beefeater brand ambassadors to show you how to make awesome on point cocktails at Louie Louie. Date & time tbc.

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    Wine + Food Matching Session

    A very special evening of wine & food matching presented by Berkmann WInes. Try six aweome wines with matched canapes, topped and tailed with fizz to start and a coffee to send you on your merry way!

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    Celebration Cake

    Our wonderful super talented in house patisserie maestro will make you a 9" cake to celebrate the special day of your choice. Save at least £25.

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    Individual DJ class + DJ set

    Spend two hours with DJ Madera Verde (aka Louie Louie co head honcho Chris Greenwood) learning how to beat mix with vinyl, CDS, WAV & mp3s, AND then get to play a two hour set at Louie Louie to show off your new found skills on the ones & twos!

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    All inclusive dinner for two

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    A bakery class

    A very exclusive opportunity to learn how to bake like a pro with our in house baker in a small class of 4. Walk away with your very own creation. And you get to lick the spoon! Date & time tbc.

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    2 tickets to a supper club @ Louie Louie

    Fowlds Feast are bringing their unique supper club event to Louie Louie for 1 night only featuring their amazing Cornish guest chef Richard McGeown. To add some extra spice to proceedings, balearic legendary DJ Chris Coco will be spinning some tunes while you eat.

    The date is set for 02.02.17 for 4 courses of delicious seasonal Cornish produce. Meat eaters and vegetarians catered for. Once the menu is confirmed, email the organisers at feast@fowldscafe.com with any dietary requirements and they'll try and accommodate you.

    Your tickets also include an aperitif on arrival however further drinks are additional.
    Tickets can only be purchased here on Kickstarter!

    Lots more details about the chef, DJ and event here - http://eepurl.com/cfU-Bj

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    Coffee every day for 6 months!

    One Square Mile coffee of your choice off the menu per day, on each day we are open, for 6 months from launch in store or takeaway. We did this at Fowlds and this is a must have for the avid coffee drinker. For same named person only. If you're a soya drinker then even more of a bonus!

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    Coffee every day for a year!

    One Square Mile coffee of your choice off the menu per day, on each day we are open, for a whole year (12 months) from launch in store or takeaway. We did this at Fowlds and this is a must have for the avid coffee drinker. For same named person only. If you're a soya drinker then even more of a bonus!

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    A HAPPY BIRTHDAY PARTY BONANZA

    For you and up to 40 friends, a gorgeous mega birthday cake baked by our in house pâtissière Stroma, party poppers, streamers & decorations + a £500 bar tab to be used on the day or night anytime in 2016 or 2017 (not valid on New Year's Eve).

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    Weekend private party downstairs #1

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    Private Christmas party downstairs

    The basement is yours one night in December 2016 from 7pm til close for you and up to 40 friends with a £1.5k tab to boot, saving £250. Massive.

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    Private Christmas party on both floors

    Throw the xmas parties to end all xmas parties with us in 2016! The venue is yours from 7pm til close for you and up to 140 friends one night in December 2016 . Buffet style dinner & fizz, house band & DJ, saving at least £500 on card rate. Really massive.

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