Closing Ridley Place.

Quite often when people talk of making difficult decisions they relate it to a head vs heart conundrum. Well this particular decision certainly falls into that category.

I opened the Ridley place shop in 2010 with every penny I had (not a lot). I think on the day I opened I had £4 in the bank, scary stuff. There’s no other way to describe how I got it going and to where it is now other than with shear graft. I practised for competitions there, I’ve met some incredible people there and I’ve lived pretty much most of the last 6 and a half years in that basement. The decision to close it did not come easily.

The fact of the matter is Flat Caps Coffee is all about quality. I’ve been very lucky with the staff I have that they have ran it and maintained it’s standards that I’d set but the location is such a unique set of odd conditions that it needs full time care, me working there the odd afternoon just wouldn’t cut it long term. Couple that with an impending rent increase and the fact that realistically it has reached it’s full potential my head tells me to move on. I need to put everything into our new store on Carliol square. If you haven’t visited yet it has tremendous potential and is doing fantastic at the moment, with me there everyday with full focus it will only get better and I can see it becoming a corner stone of the Newcastle food and beverage scene.

I feel very sad but now the decision is made I also have butterflies of excitement for the next chapter in Flat Caps Coffee’s story.

I hope this doesn’t sadden any of you too much and Carliol square is only a 5 minute walk down the road (trust me I’ve been making this journey a lot over the last few months). Frankly the facilities are better, we can offer a better service, better quality and a better environment for you all to meet, work and enjoy each others’ company in. The coffee will, as always, be at the standards you’ve come to expect from us.

So what’s next? Flat Caps Coffee Ridley Place will close on April 1st 2017. That’s exactly a week from writing this. I will be working there from open to close all week (10–5;30 mon-sat) to make sure I get to see as many of you as possible and reminisce about the times we’ve had there. Tears have been shed there, first dates have turned into marriages, I’ve seen babies become cool little human beings and I have many more friends because of that little tucked away basement. I’ll never forget it and who knows, maybe one day you’ll see Flat Caps on Ridley place again.

Look forward to seeing you all next week.

Joe