Harrisons Coffee House officially opened its doors last month in the Harrison Centre in Roscommon Town and offers a tasty menu at reasonable prices in bright and comfortable surroundings.
Owner, Andrew Reynolds, has vast experience in the hospitality and food service sector and he is excited about his new venture in the heart of the county town.
“I’m thrilled with the location. It’s very central and there’s always plenty of foot traffic between Tesco and the Harrison Centre. Everything about this unit is super.
“I was after opening our other café in Longford in May and then this premises became available in the middle of August and we just had to check it out. We came and had a look and just loved the location and the free parking in Roscommon town is a huge help of course,” he said.
The free parking is something which Andrew says is of huge benefit to doing business in Roscommon town and he believes it helps to create a welcoming atmosphere.
“The lack of free parking is a big issue in Longford town and other towns for that matter. The fact that visitors to Roscommon don’t have to worry about parking allows the town to stand out from the crowd.”
Andrew’s new coffee house also stands out from the crowd, thanks to dedicated suppliers and tradesmen.
“I must give a special word of thanks to Eddie Kiernan, who is the interior design specialist responsible for the colour scheme and decor and for turning this unit of huge potential into a bright and welcoming business.
“Gary Meehan also deserves tremendous praise for his endless hours of hard work.”
The established business community which surrounds Harrisons Coffee House is also something which pleases Andrew.
“We are surrounded on both sides here by established business outlets. Our neighbours are well-known businesses, each of which experience a steady flow of customers. This in turn has a knock-on effect for Harrisons Coffee House with shoppers popping in for coffee and a bit of lunch. The rest of the businesses here have also been terrific in their support.”
Once inside Harrisons Coffee House, friendly staff welcome shoppers, and this is something which Andrew is very proud of.
“I inherited most of the staff from the previous employer. They are the crowning glory; they regularly go beyond the call of duty in every way. They really make the Harrisons Coffee House experience what it is,” he said as he lavished praise on manager Nicole Ryan and her dedicated team.
The menu is also a source of pride for Andrew who certainly knows what he’s talking about when it comes to food.
“We have a small but very tasty menu with ten lunch options and an excellent selection of specials every day.
“We pride ourselves in dealing with local suppliers, such as Fullards, Willie Collins, Tom Madden and others.”
Of course, what would a coffee house be without good coffee?
“Marco Ottaviani is our Italian coffee roaster and he is based in Co. Longford. Marco imports all of his coffee beans directly and is an expert when it comes to great coffee.
“With Marco, we have designed our own unique blend of coffee, which is exclusive to Harrisons Coffee House. The customers seem to love it and you just won’t get many local businesses roasting their own blend. It’s yet another feather in our caps and allows us to offer an enhanced customer experience.”
With friendly staff providing a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere in comfortable surroundings, complemented by a tasty food menu and great coffee, Harrisons Coffee House looks set to become another Roscommon success story. Andrew Reynolds’ latest venture also ensures the Harrison Centre once again has the perfect blend of local businesses at the heart of Roscommon town.