Lincoln veteran’s cafe closes after one month

A coffee hub set up to help military veterans in Saxilby has closed after just one month, but the owner has vowed not to give up on his dream.

Rob Dennison opened the 50 Coffee Hub in December after making it his “personal mission” to help others get to grips with their experiences in the military.

Now he has been forced to close down the café and look for a different location. He explained this was largely because the business was part renting an industrial unit with another firm, with has gone bust.

50 Cal served up coffee, tea, hot chocolate and food while being a signposting service to offer coaching and counselling for those in need.

He had a lot of help from the community who loved the idea and wanted to get the project built, with some raising £1,170 on a fundraising website.

A solid team behind 50 Cal. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Rob said that he was gutted on his company’s facebook page: “Unfortunately we are going to have to close the hub and no-one is more gutted about this than me.

“I’ve been trying to work this out over the past few days and I’m absolutely mortified that this has happened. There have been a lot of people who have come through the door but here we are in this position.

“This is completely out of our control and I’m absolutely gutted about it. We are closing for now until we can find a new location, and we’re going to come back better than before and make sure that this can’t happen again.”