City favourite Bar Unico opens second venue

Authentic Italian Bar Unico has opened the doors to its second coffee bar this time in Horncastle.

Owner Giovanni Carchedi, 37, who set up the first bar in Lincoln’s St Benedict’s Square eight years ago, has invested in a second location on the site of the former School House Coffee Bar in Church Lane.

Customers were disappointed in February when the previous owner announced she would not be reopening owing to the impact of the pandemic. But now Gio is breathing new life into the historic building which was once home to the town’s grammar school.

Bar Unico is famed for offering a genuine Italian coffee bar experience and serves homemade pizza al taglio, fresh pastries, aperitivi, focaccias and homemade cakes all freshly made to takeaway or enjoy on the premises.

It also serves real Italian gelato (ice cream), selected beers, wines, spirits and Italian-style cocktails.

Gio explained: “Opening a second Bar Unico has always been a dream of mine and I’m delighted that after months of hard work we’re finally ready to welcome new and existing Bar Unico customers alike to our stunning new premises in Horncastle.

“We’ve invested a lot in refurbishing the building, which dates back to 1778, into a stylish and welcoming coffee bar aimed at people of all ages. The aim is to recreate the family-friendly, inclusive atmosphere of the Lincoln bar where we have built up a loyal and diverse customer base.

Serving the same authentic Italian menu as the Lincoln site, the new coffee bar will also offer a wide range of daily specials, hot and cold drinks and alcohol.

Although the opening hours will initially be Monday to Saturday, 9am till 4pm, Gio is planning on opening as a restaurant in the evenings for speciality nights and private events.

As well as refurbishing the interior of the building Gio has recruited six new staff to add to his existing Lincoln-based team.

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