Blackpool cafe patrons all took steam after sci-fi overhaul
Cogs Cafe Bar in Lytham Road has adopted the popular cartoon style that mixes futuristic gadgets with machines from the Victorian and Industrial Revolution.
With chains and cogs, antique-looking wood, brass and hotplates, owner Jaqui Heqimaj and her team transformed the cafe into a sci-fi watering hole in the heart of a city built on the power of industry of the 1800s.
Steampunk was born in the 1980s and has become a type of Gothic subculture with books, films and video games in the futuristic but retro genre, such as The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Baron Munchausen and Wild Wild West. It has its roots in works such as 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas by Jules Verne and Time Machine by HG Wells.
Jaqui said, “I really wanted to have something different from anywhere else. Not just standard vanilla coffee.
“I love everything about steampunk and the Industrial Revolution. Without the Industrial Revolution, we don’t have everything we do today. And out of that came things like the Blackpool Tower, the Gardens of ‘winter and beach fun, so there is a local connection to Blackpool. itself. “
Jaqui held a license at Foxhall Village for 14 years, but had to change his lifestyle for family reasons due to the long hours involved. So she bought the coffee she has had for two years. When the lockdown went into effect last year, she decided to take advantage of the forced layoff to completely redecorate the building.
She added: “I do a lot of art myself and exhibit my work, so we decided to do it all ourselves. It’s decorated with sheet music, maps, steampunk and industrial revolution books that we have broken down, antiques and mirrors, featuring the 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas by Jules Verne and many works of art reflecting the genre.
“Instead of having shutters, which didn’t look the prettiest, I had railings made for the front window, from chains welded with pinions and gears.
“The same man also built the bar with chains and the old tables were reused with reclaimed wood, burnt to give it character, and then waxed so you get the right smell as well.
“Everyone who entered loved it. We had people talking to us like we did during the lockdown and they came after we opened to eat something and take lots of pictures.”
She said all the cakes and burgers are all homemade, the bread comes from a local bakery, and she tries to source as much of the produce locally to support other businesses.
She added: “The two girls who worked for me volunteered their time to help prepare this. I couldn’t have done it without Elise Ashton and Zowie Hughes. We just asked for more staff under the Government program. Kickstart. “