A founder of one of Scotland’s best known pubs has swapped beer for coffee with the launch of his latest venture.
Chris Morris has opened Falkirk’s first artisan coffee bar and said it is “an independent, stylish meeting place”.
In 1985 he helped open Behind the Wall in Melville Street and last week took the wraps off his latest business – CoW (Coffee on Wooer) in the street behind the town’s iconic steeple.
He said: “Thanks to The Wheel, the Helix and the Kelpies, Falkirk is becoming a destination and people are flocking here during the day. Combine that with the town’s burgeoning coffee culture and I believe there’s a unique opportunity based around the daytime coffee scene.”
Chris (54), of Falkirk, is a serial investor and part of the Equity Gap business angel group which backs up-and-coming Scottish businesses. He has invested a six-figure sum in CoW which offers 60 covers over two floors and has created eight jobs.
He admits to coming up with the idea over three years ago, but knew the timing wasn’t right. However, he believes that Falkirk is now ready for the concept.
Chris added: “I’ve always been an advocate of re-using material and everything we’ve found in the Wooer Street building has been incorporated into CoW’s interior.
“Community is at the heart of everything we do. As well as creating a place where people of all ages can meet, I have, where possible, stocked the larder from Forth Valley businesses.”
Chris is offering readers the chance to enjoy a free tea or coffee. The first 50 to bring in this edition of The Falkirk Herald either today or tomorrow, Thursday, November 21, or Friday, November 22, will be able to claim their free beverage. Only one free drink per copy of the paper.