Daniel, the coffee shop from 3fe on Clanbrassil Street, is closing for eight weeks and coming back as "Daniel 2.0" - with wine. Owner Colin Harmon announced the news at the end of last week, telling customers that opening Daniel and their first proper restaurant Gertrude in such short succession meant that Daniel had gotten left behind, and now that Gertrude's up and running they want to reassess exactly what they're doing with the neighbourhood café.
They plan to expand their limited offering of toasted sandwiches and pastries during the day, and have secured a wine licence, so will be introducing some interesting food and wine options at night alongside the café offering in the daytime. Cult London neighbourhood wine bar P Franco has also been name-checked, which will be music to a lot of people's ears.
They say they want to create a casual community space with coffee, bread, wine and really good food (sounds like our kind of place), and have invited any of their customers, locals or suppliers to weigh in on what they would like to see Daniel become by emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org. And before panic sets in, there is currently nothing to suggest that the black and blue toastie is being turfed off the menu.
Daniel is due to reopen at the end of June. More news when we get it.