New workspace created in wake of Croydon riots opens today

Saif Bonar in Matthews Yard

Saif Bonar in Matthews Yard

First published in Local news by , Chief Reporter

A new cafe and co-working space opens in Croydon today.

Matthews Yard, just off Surrey Street, is marking the occasion with a party as part of Croydon's St Georges Day festivities.

Celebrations are taking place between 10am and 4pm and all food and drink in the new cafe are just £1.

Founded by Croydon businessman Saif Bonar, Matthews Yard was created in response to last August's riots.

Mr Bonar who lives in Addiscombe, said: "The riots brought a lot of negative publicity to Croydon.

"I wanted to show that Croydon has a lot going for it and so I was inspired to invest in the borough and create Matthews Yard."

The new 300sq metre venue has undergone extensive refurbishment and incorporates a coffee shop, canteen, members lounge and workspace.

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9:47pm Sun 22 Apr 12

ANNE GILES says...

A truly wonderful place.
A truly wonderful place. ANNE GILES
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