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TATI: Brick Lane community cafe

Funded on Spacehive 22 November 2018

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TATI: Brick Lane community cafe

Oitij-jo By Oitij-jo

Oitij-jo Collective: needs your support to build a ground-breaking women & young people led café in London's fast-changing Brick Lane. Cooking & serving authentic Bangla home style recipes.

Tower Hamlets Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 22 Nov 2018!

We need your help to get this off the ground and complete the first phase of work. Please pledge what you can, even £2 will go a long way to helping us hit our target! The first step to get the cafe up & running is to carry out surveys of the building to find out exactly what work needs to be done, & to work with architects, surveyors & other professionals to draw up designs & plans. TATI will be a non-profit social enterprise lead by BAME women & young people in Brick Lane. It will be a cafe inspired by Bangla food: home-made. TATI will source sustainable & organic food, developing & supporting existing suppliers. TATI believes in 'slow cooked' food giving time to our health & well-being. TATI wants to bring 'Bangla culture' back into the heart of Bangla Town/Brick Lane!

What we'll deliver:

  • Survey of building by surveyors and structural engineers
  • Designs and plans for full cafe renovation work
  • Upon completion of the first phase, we hope to be:
  • Creating a training kitchen and cafe
  • Celebrating and learning from the women who cook Bangla dishes at home
  • Providing training and confidence in catering to women and young people
  • Providing a public experience celebrating Bangla arts and culture

Why it's a great idea:

Brick Lane is the central hub of London's alternative scene and the historical centre for London's East End British Bangladeshi community. TATI is a cafe where you experience Bangla home cooking wisdom by bringing together the women who cook family recipes at home with young people to train, teach and gain confidence sharing Bangla hospitality and culture. TATI: an enterprise that aims to engage BAME women and young people in London. TATI aims to develop creative collaborations in order to improve employability and entrepreneurship opportunities through a café & gallery environment. The social impact will be: People: Engagement & Culture: Working with BAME & young women and Knowledge Sharing; Planet: Food: Responsibly sourced; Energy efficiency; Knowledge Sharing. TATI will be a multi-purpose space providing food/drinks, activities during the evening & weekends, talks/seminars, music & other activities. Some will be fee paying others will be free.

Steps to get it done:

  • January 2019 - Workshops for women to bring family recipes out of the home and into Tati.
  • December - January 2019 - Carry out survey of 118 Brick Lane to finalise and confirm refurbishment details of premises
  • December - January 2019 - Complete & finalise refurbishment plans of premises and builders
  • February - April 2019 - Refurbishment & refitting of premises
  • Jan-Dec 2019- Project Management, Staff recruitment & Training, Menu development and training & support for new entrants
  • July 2019 - TATI Cafe -soft launch
  • August 2019- TATI Cafe fully open

TATI is innovative because it has supporting disadvantaged marginalised women as our core for the café training and working with young people within a setting targeting mainstream customers. Oitij-jo believes the women are skilled through their life experiences, knowledge and skills in cooking, managing a home and their children. TATI will be a professional kitchen and will be a positive safe environment for the women and young people to learn new skills, receive training and interact with wide range of customers who frequent Brick Lane.


Location Tower Hamlets

About the space

E1 6RL Brick Lane


London Borough of Tower Hamlets

How will the money be spent?Total £13,236

Professional Fees: Architect/ Structural Engineer/ Project Manager/ Solicitor/ Accountant - £9,600 (73%)
Property Surveyors Fees - £1,800 (14%)
Planning Permission/ Building Regulation Notices Fees - £1,440 (11%)
Other - £396 (3%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Professional Fees: Architect/ Structural Engineer/ Project Manager/ Solicitor/ Accountant
Property Surveyors Fees
Planning Permission/ Building Regulation Notices Fees
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • We will use overfunding to go towards carrying out a disability access assessment, and anything more will go towards the build fund.

Total £13,236

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