Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 12 September 2022
CONSTRUCTION WORK has finally resumed on one of Hinckley’s new soon-to-open cafes – hinting that it may be opening soon after months of waiting.
As the Hinckley Free Press exclusively reported back in May, it was revealed that a new coffeehouse named The Wild Lotus would be setting up shop on Castle Street.
Shortly after the newly-announced plans received much love and backing on social media, interior works had started. These included a wooden ramp being built from the front entrance doors.
And a month after, in June, the owners submitted plans to Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council for a pavement licence, so that their patrons are able to dine and drink in an al-fresco setting.
Following all of this, the works had seemingly came to a standstill, with no further on any of The Wild Lotus’ social media profiles as to why.
This means potential future customers were left with no updates about the plans for a total of three months.
But thankfully, work has resumed on the project once again.
Just three days ago (Friday, 9 September), contractors were spotted inside of the unit again, with the front doors wide open, keeping it no secret that they are busy fixing up the space.
Scaffolding and ladders have been installed, and the cables to connect the lights are in the process of being fitted, helping to take away the current dark and empty atmos.
In a past statement, a Wild Lotus spokesperson said previously: “We are in the process of creating a beautiful space in the heart of Castle Street, Hinckley. We are going to serve quality barista coffee, as well as fresh sandwiches, pastries and cakes.
“We have a love for music, creatives, new parents, our community and people looking for a great place to meet with friends and family or to relax on your own.
“All produce would be sourced from local suppliers and their food and drinks are to be “packed with health-beneficial nutrients”.
Meanwhile on Castle Street, new planning documents lodged with the Borough Council’s planning portal show that the former Thorntons chocolate shop is to be taken on by the Card Factory.
Over on Regent Street, another new cafe named Addylline Bakery, housed inside the former Voodoo Lounge club, are hiring ‘experienced’ chefs and waitresses.