Latvian cafe business flourishes in England

Miks Vizbulis, a Latvian resident in England, has opened his second small cafe, despite the pandemic, at the end of September, Latvian Television reported September 29.

Miks opened his first cafe last year. Both cafes' employees are all Latvians.

The small town of Lutterworth with 10,000 inhabitants doesn't have many shops, but locals are happy to have their breakfast in a nearby cafe. When many catering companies had to be closed in the spring, those who were able to deliver food at home were winners.

“It's one of the industries where everything even improved with COVID because there was a crisis in the stores. We also faced a number of issues. But we solved them, and therefore if someone can't get what he wants in the store, he can certainly get food from us,” said Vizbulis.

Even face masks and employee shirts are printed with the cafe logo - hand-drawn by the owner. 

Miks says a chain of cafes could be created in the future, but there is still a long way to go.

“The wise man learns from the mistakes of others, the fool learns from his own mistakes... The education and experience during the year... well, it did not come cheap, but in the course of the year, we understood how to do many things better, how to do things differently,” said Vizbulis.

When the British government allows more people to gather, then the big screen will be put on so they can discover the joys of ice hockey, he said.

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