BITES to eat and megabytes come together at a new city centre cafe.
Jus Deliciou’S in Sunderland hopes to pull in the customers with the offer of free computer classes for absolute beginners.
Boxer Tony Jeffries officially opened the cafe in Waterloo Place and tried out its computer suite, watched by children’s favourite Upsy Daisy from In The Night Garden.
First-time surfers are welcome to grab a bite to eat at the cafe and go back to basics, starting with tutors explaining what a mouse is.
Cafe owner Julie Dinsdale linked up with the UK Online Centre, a national project which is supported in Sunderland by North Family Zone, based in Hylton Castle.
The new learning hub will be based above the cafe, which is open from 8am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday, and from 9am on Saturday.
“It’s right in the city centre and the sessions are aimed at complete beginners,” said Julie.
“They will start with what the keyboard and mouse are for and work up to things like researching their family tree.”
Jus Deliciou’S is also looking for Wearside-produced artwork to adorn its bright green walls.
Julie’s daughter Jade, who manages the cafe, added: “We want local artists to pop in with examples of what they do – pictures, photographs, anything that can be wall-mounted.
“We can add their contact details to the art if they want to try to sell them on.”
The family-run business is hoping to stay head of the game by offering a wide range of home-cooked grub and also has a few tricks up it sleeve.
Jade said: “We ran sandwich bars in Grangetown and Washington and we still have customers from them coming in to see us, so we must be doing something right.
“We offer traditional meals, home-cooked food and we don’t serve anything we wouldn’t eat ourselves.
“We’re near Gamestation and Grainger Games, so we’re going to stay open for the late-night launches and late-night Christmas shopping.
“Hopefully, we’ll become a meeting point for things like writers groups and stitch and bitch.
“Anyone who is interested is using the facilities can get in touch.”
For more information call 07957 341507 or search Jus DeliciouS on Facebook.