Cafe fights back after crash and gas scare

A CAFE in Birstall is open for business again just days after a car smashed through its frontage.

Cobbles Restaurant and Bistro has seating available upstairs and staff are also serving food and drinks to go.

The Market Street venue opened on Monday, less than a week after a Skoda crashed through the front and struck a gas main.

But staff were hit by further problems.

Co-owner Andrew Pailing said: “The coffee machine broke and then the fridge turned itself into a freezer.

“It’s just been one thing after another. But we’ve battled through, got things repaired and are still open for business.”

He added Cobbles will have to shut temporarily while a new shop front is fitted, possibly from next Friday.

Mr Pailing added they would be back after that and with a new menu and salad bar in place.

Those were actually launched last Tuesday and had been up for just hours when the Skoda crashed through the front window.

The 88-year-old man driving the car needed only a hospital check up while miraculously nobody else was hurt.

Customers dived for cover and were led out of a rear entrance when staff smelled gas.

Neighbouring shops and the flats above were evacuated, with those from Lloyds’ chemists taking refuge in the library.

Mr Pailing thanked the community for rallying round and added: “Other traders in Birstall have offered help.

“And our customers have been great. People have been asking if there’s anything they can do. We can’t thank them all enough.”

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