Thursday, 2 December 2010


Today's Leicester Mercury carries an article about financial difficulties at The Dark Side cafe. I'd like to publicise that here. I hope lots of people can help Lucie Belikova, who runs the cafe (photo above). It's great to have somewhere like this in our city centre - the venue, its staff and clientele add to Leicester's spiritual vibrancy and diversity. Come on, faithful reader: I've bought my raffle tickets - have you?
Fans fight to save cafe for "geeks"

Groups using Leicester's first "alternative cafe" are trying to raise funds to save it from going out of business.
Lucie Belikova has run the Dark Side Cafe, in the Silver Arcade, Cank Street, for the past 10 months.
It is a meeting place for role-playing gamers and science fiction fans.

Now she fears she may have to close down unless she can find another source of income.

She said: "There is nothing like this place in the city – my customers say it is a home from home."

The cafe, which includes a basement for parties and functions, can cater for around 120 people.

It is used by a mothers and children's group, craft groups, Leicester Pagan Alliance, a Dungeons and Dragons club and the Star Base Leicester fantasy and science fiction club.

Sam Eld, from Star Base Leicester, said: "Everyone is rallying to help. There's a raffle, and prizes are being donated for it. It's the only cafe in the city that makes 'geeks' and gamers welcome."

Regular customer Su Clement, an environmental health officer for Leicester City Council, said: "It is a fantastic place and it would be a great shame if Lucie had to close down."

The next fund-raising event for the cafe is a Christmas craft fair on Saturday.

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