The latest addition to Birmingham’s blossoming food scene has exceeded its sales expectations by 30% since opening in February.
The little sister to Opus at Cornwall Street, Café Opus was opened by Ann Tonks, Irene Allen and David Colcombe to run alongside the flagship restaurant which is listed in the 2013 Michelin Guide and has two AA rosettes.
The ingredients for dishes at Café Opus are sourced from produce in the UK and referenced on a giant blackboard inside, as well as on its social media pages, informing the customers of the origin of their food.
Ann Tonks, managing director at Café Opus, said: “When we first came up with the idea of opening a café, we never imagined it would take off so quickly.
“We set ourselves some pretty high targets, so to see them being surpassed by almost a third underlines how good the decision was to open at Ikon. The focus of Café Opus is to offer simple dishes cooked to a very high quality and this proves that there is obviously a demand amongst the public for good quality food at these low prices.
“We like to promote the origins of the food on our plates because sourcing is key. By buying direct from farmers and markets, we can ensure that we can get the freshest ingredients possible and the results can be seen in the dishes.”
The location of the café has also helped to attract extra visitors to the famous Ikon Gallery, which has seen attendance numbers rise since Café Opus opened.
Deborah Kermode, Deputy Director, Ikon, said: “Ikon Gallery has exhibited some hugely important and popular shows in recent months, including historic and little-seen drawings and sculptures by the Neoclassical master John Flaxman, and so visitor numbers are higher than ever. Café Opus has allowed us to extend our hospitality and is proving to be a significant and important extra draw to our visitors.”
To book a table at Café Opus, call 0121 248 3226.