H53 Coffee is being opened by Derek Frehill a native of Creagh his wife Lisa and Rob Nolan originally from Tipperary who is married to Sandra from Kiltormer and they have been living in Creagh for ten years.
The lads are great friends and have worked together on numerous projects including training hurling teams and running premier GAA Stats in recent years. Being ambitious they had always talked about opening a business together and when what was formerly Sean Connolly’s butchers became available, they felt it would be a great location to open a Coffee Shop. On speaking with family and friends the feedback was extremely positive so H53 Coffee was born.
They aim to provide the many residents of Creagh, the wider Ballinasloe area and those working locally with somewhere to enjoy a coffee and sample a unique but tasty breakfast and lunch menu while also having the option to takeaway.
“The name H53 came from one of our many discussions around the kitchen table but we all agreed on and with H53 being the eircode for the Ballinasloe area, we felt it was fitting as for us to flourish as a business we will rely on the support from the people in the ‘H53’ catchment area”, explains Derek.
With seating for roughly 16 people, opening hours to start will be 8am – 4pm Monday – Saturday and 9am -1pm on a Sunday but like all new businesses this is subject to change based on customer's response and feedback.
“Our menus will be fluid to start with but will include acai bowls, smoothies, homemade sausage rolls, soup, gourmet sandwiches along with a range of delicious bakes provided locally by “Baked by Triona”. We look forward to adding to this as we get to know our customers more “ states Derek.
They are building a really good team in H53 with local people and hopefully this will grow in the coming months.
Starting with a slow launch on the June Bank Holiday weekend, the entrepreneurs hope to get the main things right first and get a feel for what our customers would like to see from the facility and add to their menus organically.
Both Derek and Rob are looking forward to providing something that they feel the area is missing and that people can enjoy coming into H53 Coffee to catch up with friends, bring their children for a treat, meet other locals and most importantly providing great coffee, food and service.
“We would like to thank our friends and family for their help and support in setting up H53 Coffee and we would also to thank everyone that has wished us well it has been overwhelming. It’s clear to see the people of Creagh and Ballinasloe really want two local lads to do well”, remarks Derek.
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