Post office manager puts his stamp on new Bishop's Stortford café
A Bishop’s Stortford postmaster is pushing the envelope by opening a new eatery.
Café Rishi, situated in the former Nostimo premises in South Street, was unveiled on Monday last week (July 29) by owner Jasbir ‘Jas’ Rishi, who also runs the post office opposite, and his son Baldeep, who will be helping to manage the coffee shop.
Stortford mayor Cllr Norma Symonds cut a ribbon to officially open the new business. She was joined by a horde of well-wishers including regular post office customers who have become loyal to Jas during his years in the town.
While Jas has never previously run a café, he has a wealth of experience in the customer service industry.
“I’ve been serving the community in the post office for more than 25 years, and in Bishop’s Stortford for 12 years as post office manager,” he said. “That’s the reason I bought [the premises], because I enjoy it.”
It was a speedy process from initial idea to fruition. Around a fortnight ago, Nostimo owner Dimitrios Tsioupas told Jas he was selling and planned to move to a central location in Stortford’s town centre, so Jas snapped up the premises.
Contracts were exchanged a few days before Café Rishi was due to open, and a new kitchen, flooring and furniture were put in.
A new menu was devised featuring reasonably-priced snacks: sandwiches cost £1.99-£2.99, paninis £2.99-£3.80 and a full English breakfast is £5.99. Indian snacks, such as samosas, are available for £3.99.
On Google, Café Rishi already boasts 11 five-star recommendations which cite its food, atmosphere and customer service as excellent.