Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 23 April 2021
A NEW independent bistro have set up shop in Hinckley town centre and are operating an al-fresco dining service for local foodies and town-goers.
The Poco Loco Bistro is a newly-established independent bistro who are serving up Mediterranean dishes, as well as serving cups of coffee, which proves to be ideal for shoppers who want to stop by somewhere for a quick bite to eat, or if they are simply after a quick sit down with a cup of coffee.
They are trading with a ‘limited’ menu until they are able to open for indoor dining until mid-May 2021.
Earlier this month, Poco Loco’s parent company, Riviera Catering Limited, got the green-light off the Borough Council to operate an outdoor alfresco dining service at the site with a pavement licence application which is valid until September 2021.
As a result, like many other town restaurants and bars in town, they are offering an alfresco service, so that patrons can sit physically-distanced with their friends and family outside to eat and drink, whilst adhering to the Covid guidelines.
Tables have been spaced out for customers, and servers are wearing face coverings to comply with the Covid rules.
Customers are being offered and advised to use the on-site hand sanitiser that is available. They must wear face coverings until they are sat down and seated.
They need to mask up again when entering the building to use the inside toilet.
Poco Loco were a recent commercial letting of Wards, a chartered surveyor and property agents on Station Road, who helped them out with acquiring their space.
They are housed in the former Café Espanol unit, which was an independent Spanish-inspired restaurant which closed down in mid-2020.
Just seven days ago (16 April), they got round to installing their storefront signage above the space, and they launched their social media presence in the afternoon, making their presence known to residents who are active on social media.
Poco Loco are the town’s ‘newest’ restaurant, but they are not the only new town centre start-up, though.
More town start-ups coming soon
A new Viking-inspired tattoo studio named Black Helm Tattoos have recently opened their doors on Regent Street.
Castle Street’s former ‘Game’ video game store had quietly closed their doors, but a new independent Hinckley-based fitness group named Just One More will be taking over the space as a two-floor fitness facility for members and visitors.