Lockes Café looks to expand

Co-owner Ella Locke at the café in Pitt Street

A CAFÉ owned by a husband and wife team in the heart of town could be expanded into a former art gallery in the neighbouring historic building in Pitt Street, if plans are approved.

The owners of Lockes café have submitted a planning application to integrate the adjacent building into their business.

Both buildings are early-to-mid 19th-century town houses with shop fronts and the application follows successful restoration efforts of the buildings.

Owners Drew and Ella Locke opened the café over five years ago.

Now the pair want to expand into what was art gallery The Space, run by local artist Ian Rolls.

The planning application states that the proposed changes offer a “pragmatic approach for providing a sustainable use” to the former gallery.

Both buildings are part of a group of historic properties known as the “Foot buildings”, previously derelict and under threat of demolition for many decades.

Originally owned by the Channel Island Coop, plans to demolish them for a large-scale development were halted when the National Trust for Jersey acquired the buildings for £1 and completed a million-pound refurbishment in 2018.

The iconic HMV logo on one side of the current café building features a dog peering into a gramophone.

In the early 1900s, the former music store was run by Francis Foot, a gramophone dealer and keen photographer who also sold fishing tackle.

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