• Tabac, Bold Street

Bold Street café calls for public to help piece together its 40-year history

A long-running Bold Street café is calling on the public to help piece together its history of more than 40 years.

Café Tabac’s management team is looking to complete the bar and eatery’s refurbishment programme by chronicling its history.

Anyone who can share memories, photographs and memorabilia of the venue, which is widely known as ‘Tabac’, from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s is being encouraged to contribute.

As part of a revamp of Tabac, which opened its doors on the city centre street back in 1974, a number of walls have been earmarked as public display areas and will also include quotes from some of the city’s well known faces who have already stepped in to help.

Frankie Goes to Hollywood frontman Holly Johnson, who was a Tabac regular in the 1980s, and actress Margi Clarke are among those to have recalled memories from their time spent in the venue.

Holly says: “If I ever had any money for food back then, it was always spent on a sausage and apple sauce sandwich at Tabac, whether it was with the kids from the Everyman Youth Theatre or Anne Yvonne Gilbert who illustrated the cover for Relax!”

The café, which was opened by business woman Rita Lawrence as a European style café bar with a Bohemian feel, attracted Liverpool’s artists, actors, singers and performers amongst its clientele over the years.

Laura Harris, brand manager at Café Tabac, says: “Cafe Tabac has played a part in so many people’s lives and even though we’ve just launched the appeal for Tabac memories, it’s clear it’s going to be a fascinating project.

“We’d welcome anyone to get in touch who has recollections of Tabac over the past 40 years. If they would like to contact me direct, we’d love to hear the stories and see any photos, and help us build an archive to see us into the next forty years.”

Anyone who’d like to contribute to the project can contact Café Tabac across its social media channels or email Laura on lauraharris@baabar.co.uk.


Image (c): Clare Deane

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