The neighbourhood hasn't been the same since Havanas closed for reburbishment all those months ago. Back in the old days, the area around the Pond had three places where a weary resident with old-fashioned tastes could order bacon, egg and chips and wash it down with a cup of workers' tea. Then, suddenly, there were none.
Now, an ad has appeared in Havanas window seeking kitchen and bar staff (phone 07505363631). Havanas is preparing to re-open in the next month or two. But will it fill the egg-and-bacon void?
Not necessarily, it seems. The search for "bar staff" gives the clue. The new Havanas will, I learn, not be a cafe any more. It will serve eggs and will serve chips, but probably not in the way it did before - more Eggs Florentine than Eggs Fried. There may be breakfasts, but only at weekends.
Well, good luck to the new Havanas, whatever its menu contains. I'm assured, though, that it won't be too pricey and I'm sure I'll be one of its first customers. That said, the market gap where bacon, egg and chips will still need to be filled. An opportunity for someone there, surely?