Café Opus all set to launch at the Ikon Gallery
We are so lucky in Birmingham to have such a vibrant independent café/ coffee shop culture. What’s great though is that they are all dotted around the City Centre and offer customers something different. Next week, there’ll be a new kid on the block – Café Opus will be opening in the Ikon Gallery at Brindleyplace.
Both ooze laid back sophistication and so this is a perfect blend. Ikon is an internationally acclaimed contemporary art venue situated in central Birmingham. Housed in the dramatic neo-gothic Oozells Street School, the gallery features artists from around the world with a regular programme of exhibitions and events.
Café Opus is the brain child of the restaurateurs behind Opus restaurant. Whilst bringing the qualities, that make Opus an award winning restaurant, Café Opus will have its own identity and promises to serve up British classics.
Unlike other cafes/ coffee shops, Café Opus will be open from 10am until 10pm, offering café-style inspired dishes and priced at no more than £10 per dish. Customers will be offered an all-day menu and can expect to see such dishes as creamy forest mushrooms and tarragon on toast, slow-cooked ox cheeks with creamy polenta or a salad of black beluga lentils with Rosary goats cheese, pine nuts and lemon oil.
The Café is aimed at art-lovers, office workers and young mums on a day out, who are looking for a relaxed dining experience. Customers will be able to enjoy the food and atmosphere whatever the weather, with seating inside and outside, courtesy of heaters and woollen blankets.
Café Opus marks a return for Opus directors Ann Tonks, Irene Allan and David Colcombe, who were the original team that founded Bank. They left to set up Opus in July 2005, building a reputation as one of the city’s most successful restaurants.
Cafés and coffee shops are a growing part of the sector during this recession, so we are expanding into an area which is particularly strong. The concept for this ‘little sister’ venue is that it will have the same focus on quality British produce and good value as we do at Opus, but in a less formal setting.
We are glad to be back again in Brindleyplace, which is a vibrant and exciting part of the city. Ikon is the perfect partner for us and it feels like a great fit. They are pioneering and transformative in the exhibitions and work they do, contributing greatly to Birmingham as a creative city.
The concept will offer relaxed all-day dining, which means it’s as suited to young mums bringing their kids for lunch as it is to workers looking to share a bottle of wine to unwind after a hard day in the office on our new revamped terrace.
At the weekend, it will offer the chance to have a lazy brunch with the papers with lashings of fresh coffee or perhaps even a Virgin Mary or two. We can’t wait to see the doors open on 26th February!
Debbie Kermode who is the Deputy Director at Ikon said, “Ikon is incredibly excited to be embarking on this bold venture with Opus. There is such a strong alignment in our values of originality, quality and independence. Our audiences can expect somewhere fresh and welcoming, which will add great value to their experience of visiting the gallery.”
Birmingham might have just found its Parisian equivalent. We can’t wait to visit and see for ourselves especially with the interior design created by Suzanne Barnes Design Partnership, who also created Opus Restaurant’s distinctive look.
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