A CAFE that has been in the planning for some time has finally opened it’s doors on the platform of Inverurie Railway Station.
Coco Works, the brainchild of owners, Jenny and George Lawson, opened its doors earlier this week on the same day as a steam train stopped at the station, before continuing on to Aberdeen and then Edinburgh.
Jenny Lawson explained: “Today has been fabulous. This is our first day and it has gone beyond all our expectations. We’ve been busy since 6.30am this morning and with the steam train coming, it has added to the excitement.”
Coco Works has been lovingly restored by the couple to it’s original splendour, but it has not been an easy ride. George Lawson said: “After the monumental task of bringing the planning and all the various bodies together to get the various permissions, we’ve now converted Lord Kintore’s waiting room at the East of the station building.
“We are over the moon - we have restored it to its former glory, in keeping with the station’s original state. The panels are original and we’ve restored the original tiling. It was all done by local tradesmen with specialist skills in restoration work but it has been a labour of love, and it’s turned me into a labourer as well.”
With two full time, two part-time and three Saturday staff, Coco Works is well equipped to cope with the morning rush.
George said: “Our first customer was at 6.30 this morning. People were coming in for bacon rolls and coffees on their way to Aberdeen, and our first sit-down customers came at 9am while waiting for a train to take them to Glasgow.
“We are just delighted, we’ve not advertised at all but we’ve already had 42 customers today. Now we’re all set to do lunches as well.