Sheffield is now home to one of the biggest vegan eateries in the region with the opening of ‘Church – Temple of Fun’.
The city’s renowned ‘Make No Bones’ has been hand-picked to operate the catering.
Owners Lauren Hird and Dave Shaw have been busy recruiting extra staff to work in the jaw-dropping new venue which also offers in-house tattooist, retro gaming pods and live music.
‘Make No Bones’ café – which was actually borne out of a one-off night at The Riverside way back in 2013 – has built up a loyal following in its Meersbrook home.
Their innovative catering caught the attention of ‘Church – Temple of Fun’ owner and renowned vegan Oli Sykes who asked them to be part of the operation.
Dave Shaw said: “It was a real honour to be asked to part of the new venue. The last five years have been quite a journey for us and it shows just how big the vegan way of life is becoming in the area.”
‘Church – Temple of Fun’ is situated in the iconic Rutland Works (now known as Osborn Works) on Rutland Road – one of the few listed buildings in the Kelham Island area of Sheffield.
The opening of the venue is set to be the culmination of a story that arguably eclipses the success of the building’s original owner – Samuel Osborn – who went on to achieve national and international success in heavy industry and politics in Victorian England.
Oli Sykes, is already conquering the world as frontman of rock band Bring Me The Horizon.
He also owns Drop Dead Clothing which is housed in the building, a suite of rental offices and has just returned from climbing Kilimanjaro for charity.
He said: “Our building has incredible heritage and I wanted to develop a concept that truly celebrated and developed that legacy. We wanted something that fitted with William John Hale’s original and stunning design but provided something to wow 21st century customers. Our strapline is ‘Temple of Fun’ – we provide a whole experience.”
The original idea for ‘Church’ was born out of a Drop Dead clothing staff party that took place in the space. They saw it’s potential as a venue but it was only originally going to be for staff use.
The 220 capacity venue is open day and night, seven days a week.
‘Church – Temple of Fun’ will also offer a 100% vegan-friendly bar.
The full menu can be viewed here: https://templeof.fun/pages/eat