Cafe at centre of row on social media has shut down

Closed: Caffe de Latino in Preston's Fishergate Shopping Centre
Closed: Caffe de Latino in Preston's Fishergate Shopping Centre
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A CITY cafe that became the centre of a social media storm has closed its doors.

Caffe de Latino, in the Fishergate Centre in Preston, has shut just two months after an online row broke out involving a mum left furious after being charged 50p to warm her baby’s bottle.

This is a business not a nursery. We sell cups of hot water to drink to customers for 50p and nobody has complained

A ‘notice of peaceable re-entry’ and a ‘notice to collect goods’ has been placed on the cafe doors from the solicitors and agents for the landlord, the Fishergate Shopping Centre, explaining that the lease in now forfeit.

It is dated April 10.

It isn’t known exactly when the cafe closed or why.

The unit is now boasting a ‘shop to let sign’.

In February this year, the Evening Post reported how Lindsey Ward took to Facebook to vent her frustration after being charged for half a cup of hot water following her visit to the cafe.

What followed was a social media row following the cafe manager’s response to her comments.

After her visit to the city centre cafe, Lindsey, from Blackpool, posted a comment on the social networking site, saying: “Be prepared for them to charge you 50p for a few inches of hot water to warm a bottle. Nah, not my cup of tea!”

However, the cafe’s owner Mr Ross response sparked anger on social media.

He posed: “This is a business not a nursery. We sell cups of hot water to drink to customers for 50p and nobody has complained.

“We offer to warm bottles in microwave for free.”

But following the comment, dozens of Facebook users leapt to Mrs Ward’s defence.

Nobody from Caffe de Latino was available for comment.

Bosses at the Fishergate Centre were unable to comment.