The manager of a controversial Bermondsey coffee shop has spoken out after being threatened with court action over the shop’s signage.
F**koffee, in Bermondsey Street, has caused a Twitter storm after its owners received a letter from their landlord’s lawyers ordering them to take the sign down or face legal action.
F**koffee’s manager Adrian Jones has conceded he may have to take the sign down, but was reflective of how it had helped his business.
“We got the letter on Tuesday evening,” he said. “It’s a storm in a tea cup, really. It was just a bit of fun when we first changed the name, but our sales went up by about 20% since then.
“We will probably have to change it again, but I have been in this game for a long time and things change.”
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The coffee shop was opened in 1999 as Brick Lane Coffee, and Adrian proudly claims it pre-dates Starbucks ’ UK operation.
“The name was changed two years ago,” he said. “I was on holiday and had a bottle of wine when I had the idea. I texted the maintenance man telling him to change the name.
“I didn’t think he’d do it, and I forgot all about it until I came home and all hell had broken loose.”
He also revealed the shop had been in talks with celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay in 2014 to roll out a chain of the coffee shops, but legal troubles thwarted the deal.
He said the sign would probably taken down this evening (Thursday, October 22), but a new one would be on the way soon.
He said: “It shouldn’t be too hard to take the sign down – it’s only made of Lego – but we’ll be making another one.”