A CULINARY celebrity opened a new cafe on the Heanor high street this week.
Michelin Star chef, television personality and restaurateur John Burton Race opened the doors of Hero’s Cafe on Market Street at noon yesterday.
The new hotspot for coffee lovers is being run by Chesterfield charity the Gamelea Countryside Training Trust.
Alongside operating as a bustling cafe, it is set to offer a range of services for men and women who have either served with the armed forces or are family members of ex-service personnel.
Trust founder Elizabeth Hill said the new cafe would be a real boost for the town centre.
She said: “We are hoping to run a coffee shop in the same market that Costa and Starbucks offer.
“But it’s very much a community based project. We are going to have lots of volunteers that are going to help run the cafe.
“We have already had lots of help from lots of people in terms of decorating it.”
Yesterday’s cutting of the ribbon also saw the town’s mayor Harry Soar attend alongside former I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here TV star Elizabeth says as the inside of the cafe is not too dissimilar to other big name coffee-house brands Hero’s cafe could even become a brand of its own.
She said: “Because of the project and all that will go on behind the Hero’s cafe we don’t just want to stay in Heanor, we want to take this to other areas of Derbyshire.”
The boost for Heanor’s high street comes as the News is calling on the town to attend a major public meeting on Wednesday, November 30, at the Wilmot Street Centre.
The meeting being organised with the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce is set to discuss the findings of the chamber’s recent high street survey.
It will also involve a debate on the possibility of introducing a business improvement district to the town similar to ones in Beeston and Derby.
The meeting is set to start at 7pm.
But in other news, Stella’s cafe on Market Street has announced it is considering closing.
The cafe has been in the town for 19 years could close by Christmas. Russel Sheffield, 46, from Hardy Barn, Shipley, said the family-run business has had a difficult 12 months of trading and is considering closing and reopening as a launderette, or closing altogether.
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