Costa Coffee will take over running the café pavilion in St Andrew Square ‘Garden’, a reader pointed out to us today.
The company was granted a Building Warrant on 11 August to refit the premises according to its own style and requirements (Ref. 15/02546/ALT).
We don’t know the date of the works, but assume they will follow the Festival.
Out will go Edinburgh-based bakers and caterers Saltire Hospitality, which manage the pavilion at present. With them will depart any local charm. In their place will come the usual, unsurprising, multinational corporate coffee offer.
No-one was available at Saltire today to confirm when they would leave.
The application was scheduled to be determined by January 2015, but apparently was not. City of Edinburgh Council officials had packed up for the weekend when we enquired into the matter earlier this afternoon.
The application, in November last year, was to expand to the rear, creating 2 additional toilets and extra storage. The effect of that, said EE, would be to allow room for more people.
At first sight, the pavilion looks rather too modest in size to appeal to Costa. However, judging by the seats available outside today, the business may be able to increase its custom without having to build.
Trade at the pavilion was not brisk this afternoon owing to the weather.
Koumkoum Alg This isn't costa?
Paul Pratt Genius. Replace the wonderful Razzo coffee with Costa rubbish.
Lynn Henni Maybe it will boost sales at nearby Clock as people tire of big-chain bland
Marlene Wentworth Costa lot for costa rubbish coffee
Ryan Bell That sucks. Hopefully the other coffee shops around will get more business and people avoid the awful Costa junk.
Margaret Hunt Why why can't it b a privately owned coffee shop where u get very personal service and good coffee food at reasonable prices
Fiona Mackenzie Sad
Conrad Rossouw What happened to blue bear taking it?
Andrew J Swanson I've just said the same, it was in the news months ago that the guys from Blue Bear at Brandon Terrace were going to run it and they even named it (I can't remember what it was going to be called) I actually thought they were running it now to be honest. Edinburgh seems to move at a snails pace to get anything to happen
Bill Dunlop Essential? To whom, may I enquire?
Costa coffee is one of the better brews.
Antony White Oh for goodness sake! Who the hell allowed that to happen? I don't get why they're that big as they're not that good, but then again, folk buy their stuff so who am I to argue?
Broughton Spurtle The same people who privileged Hard Rock Café with prime commercial spot in former St Andrew Square Garden: Essential Edinburgh.
BKR retweeted Broughton Spurtle
Look, this is such total bullshit I don't know where to start. How about we #sacktheboard of Essential Edinburgh!
@theSpurtle so the rumours prove true. What a travesty. Is the whole point of the garden not to have somewhere unique and different?
@theSpurtle this such balls; final straw with "Essential Edinburgh" :-(
frown emoticon seriously sick of seeing Costa sprout up everywhere.
Peter Bewsey More hot milk, wonderful. No doubt because its a big chain the council will let them do what they want.
@AndrewDBurns To avoid any doubt: it's not about naive hate of business. Think today's 43k+ fear CEC and EE lack sense of place/community.
Ally Tibbitt retweeted Broughton Spurtle
The clone-town-ification of Edinburgh continues. Has @EssentialEdin given justification?
Andrew J Swanson I thought the guys from Blue Bear at Brandon Terrace were taking over the running of this it was in the papers months ago ?
Donnie Montgomery Sad sad sad!!!
San Steadman I don't rate costa coffee at all it's bitter and expensive
@theSpurtle I'm just glad it wasn't double glazed.