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A pop-up café prepares a permanent base


Pop-up cafe Pause is set to get a permanent home this month as owners unveil plans for new premises in Kings Heath.

Owners Farah Chaudry and Rory McGhie will open the shop in Kings Court on Wednesday May 25.

Founded during the pandemic, Pause began as a home delivery service before finding pop-up success in locations across Strichley and Bournville.

Chaudry said: “Pause was born during lockdown at a time when people needed care and connections, but they were often quite hard to come by.

“When we opened our first popup there were lockdown restrictions in place which meant you could only meet one person from another household for a walk. The name comes from the fact that during this hectic time our customers could come in for take out but were unable to sit with us.

“We wanted our customers to stop for a brief moment and let themselves be taken care of – it was important then and it is still at the heart of what we do and will be when we open our doors in Kings Heath. .”

McGhie added: “We were contacted by a friend of ours, Sabrina Fung of blowater.co, who told us a large space was becoming available at Kings Heath. She knew we were looking for permanent accommodation and introduced us to our landlord, Paul – we are very grateful to her.

“Making our home in Kings Heath surprised us a bit, as we had built up a strong following in Stirchley, but as soon as we visited the space we knew it was the right decision for us. We also spoke with Levain & Cherry who were delighted to have us at King’s Court, and we have already started planning some exciting collaborations.