Brothers mean business at Kino

Brothers mean business at Kino
Brothers Philip and Rory O’Connor in their new cafe at ‘The Kino'.

TWO brothers from Douglas have opened up a brand new cafe at ‘The Kino’ serving sandwiches and cakes as well as good wholesome local coffee.

Philip and Rory O’Connor were on the dole two years ago, before they started selling coffee at farmers markets and events. From there they went on to open ‘Doppio’, a very successful coffee shop on College Road and now they have set their sights on the city, going hell for leather with renovations at The Kino on Washington Street for the past six months.

Philip told the Evening Echo they have high hopes for their latest venture, including a number of movie nights and gigs to be organised in the coming weeks.

“We hope to kick off our movie nights with ‘Pulp Fiction’ in a week or two,” Philip said.

The cafe, which opened on Thursday, is selling a number of local coffee beans including Badger and Dodo from Fermoy, West Cork Coffee and Golden Bean from Ballymaloe. The café also sell their coffee in compostable cups from a local Cork company called Down2Earth.

Philip said he and his brother are delighted with the renovations and are looking forward to having a few gigs in the place: “It took a while, but we are very happy with how it has turned out. We levelled the floor, put in new countertops, new stage, new sound rig and new cinema projector.”

Looking ahead the two have big plans for the venue.

“We are going to get a few acoustic artists to play in the cafe for a couple of hours at a time. We are also in the process of organising gigs and movie nights.”

The boys have also set their sights on expanding the menu to include smoothies and soups as well as handling the baking themselves.

At the moment the cafe is open Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm, with a few scheduled late night events in the mix. For more on The Kino Café log onto their Facebook page: @thekinocork.

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