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Palmer Parks Lodge Cafe Will Be Run By Award Winning Tutu’s Ethiopian Table

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Palmer Parks Lodge Cafe

Reading Council today announced the new tenant of Palmer Park’s Lodge Café as Award winning Tutu Melaku, the founder and owner of Tutu’s Ethiopian Table.  The new venture replaces the Chalkboard Café, which closed in 2017. The café is located close to the park playground at the edge of Wokingham Road in east Reading.


Tutus Ethiopian


The first ‘Pavilion Refreshment Room’ was opened at this location in 1891 and the café still has elements of the original kitchen and fireplace features to present day.


Council Comment


Cllr Sarah Hacker, Reading’s Lead Member for Culture, Heritage and Recreation, said: “I’m absolutely delighted to announce we have found a fantastic new tenant for Palmer Café, following our community letting process earlier this year.  Tutu is famous in Reading for her delicious Ethiopian fare, and I for one cannot wait to visit the café when it reopens in early 2019! I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has been involved in making this happen. The new café will be a great benefit to the local community.”


Tutu Comment


Tutu said: “I am thrilled that Reading Borough Council is giving me this opportunity to expand my Ethiopian Table to this wonderful new location in Palmer Park Café. I look forward to welcoming my new and old customers to my beautiful new venue, where I will offer my Ethiopian cuisine, as well hot drinks and snacks.”


Council officers are currently working with Tutu to bring the building back into use and it is anticipated the new café will open as soon as possible in the New Year.