THE Shoreham Centre café will have a whole new look, inside and out, when it reopens in the summer.
The centre, in Pond Road, Shoreham, is being refurbished, with a new extension to house Adur District Council.
This would help me to improve our image, right in the heart of Shoreham, for years to come. It means the world to us, it really doesDuncan Workman, café manager
The £3.17m project means Shoreham Community Association will benefit from a new commercial kitchen, leaving the charity to find the money for the fitments.
Café manager Duncan Workman made an impassioned plea at Adur County Local Committee’s meeting on Thursday.
He said: “The centre is being completely transformed at the moment. The big problem we do have is that we have got to find money to replace the battered old tables and chairs, mugs and unmatched crockery we have at the moment.
“We are desperate for help here. This would help me to improve our image, right in the heart of Shoreham, for years to come. It means the world to us, it really does.”
An application had been made to the Adur Pot of Gold but the association narrowly missed out on funding when the votes were cast.
The committee approved a grant of £2,812.46 to pay for new tables, chairs and place settings for 50 covers.
Mr Workman said: “When we make money from the café, the profits go straight back into the centre, to offer a very affordable service to the people of Shoreham.
“When we do open again, we will be offering such services as £5 meal deals, which are aimed at the over-60s.”