The rental at the Esplanade (Aka Esp) will be a heavy burden on the operator. Areas ard the "Photog Bermuda Triangle"aka PBT (Where $$$ suddenly disappear fast fast) will be ideal. Of course, the units wif heavy human traffic will command a premium over some "ulu" units. The ambience in the PBT will also be different from the Esp. I personally will feel more comfortable at a cafe at the PBT.
A new cafe has just opened on B1 in Adelphi, opposite P&G. Their tables extend out to the concourse area. coffee is only about $1 and a full Ya Kun style snack (coffee and toast) is only about $3. This may be a good place for SEED as the aircon is definitely cooler than penin food court, and not so smoky and humid (damaging to our precious equipment mah...).
If our SEED organisers talk them into allowing us the use of their premise, as long as everyone orders at least one drink of $1, they may just let us use it as our own "private club" for 3 hours every other Wed.
I think there should be more "attractions" other than just a photography-themed cafe.
1. Regular exhibitions or talks
2. Buy&Sell / Trade Corner
3. Prints for sale as well as doubling as decoration for walls (can do on behalf of members)
4. Some form of net access would be good
5. Maybe sale of photography items like film, CF cards, batteries, small stuff for late-night emergencies (if open late)
And probably a lot of other things besides just a cafe.
If this happens, we will be interested to have some sort of corner for ClubSNAP
hey...tt's a nice idea...serve good coffee ( yeah! ) and nice food...erm...would be a nice idea to have it in esplanade..the photos on the walls as part of the decor...nice lighting...great ambience...great way to drink and talk bout photography or anything...