Following last week’s front page story on Tower Mill, council bosses have reopened the upstairs area and the cafe will be open in the evenings.
Plans are also in place for a regular Monday night music slot and manager Lindsay Wood is hoping to get other entertainers on board.
Optimistic over the cafe’s future, he said: “We have the staff in place now which allows us to open the upstairs area and to extend opening hours in the evening. We will also be hosting regular Monday night accoustic sessions with the String Theory band and we hope to build on this.”
The upstairs area, which was popular with mothers and children, opened again on Monday, and the cafe will be open from 9am until 9pm Monday to Saturday and 10am until 5pm on Sundays.
Councillor Stuart Marshall, who has been critical of the council’s management of the cafe in the past, is delighted at the changes. He said: “I think that the public will be delighted by this news. Credit must go to all the staff, both in Hawick and at SBC, who have obviously pulled out all the stops in order to get his very popular facility back to business as usual.”
Scottish Borders Council took over the running the cafe in April when Filmhouse ceased trading within 24 hours.