Meade King advises on purchase of Bristol’s original veggie cafe

Royce Rolls

Commercial law firm Meade King has advised on the acquisition of one of Bristol’s oldest vegetarian eateries.

The Royce Rolls Cafe in St Nicholas Market, which has been serving the people of Bristol since 1979, has been acquired by Evie Gkatzioufa and Marilo Torres Pedrosa.

The enterprising duo previously worked on food stalls at the indoor market before taking over the popular cafe with expert advice from Alex Hall, who is a partner in Meade King’s company and commercial team.

Evie and Marilo will continue to offer tasty vegetarian and vegan food, as well as gluten free options for people with special dietary needs. The cafe, which has just been awarded a top five star food hygiene rating by the Food Standards Agency, is also introducing a range of delicious Mediterranean dishes.

Meade King advised on the purchase of the business and its assets, as well as the cafe’s trading licence agreement with Bristol City Council and staff employment matters. Campbell McKellar, a lawyer in the firm’s company and commercial team, also advised on the deal.

Evie said: “We knew Alex because he often comes into the market for lunch. So when we told him we were looking to take over the cafe, he said that buying and selling businesses was his area of expertise.

“Alex and Campbell were both amazing and checked every aspect of the sale, including things we wouldn’t have thought of, to make sure there were no problems. We developed a great relationship with them and received prompt replies to all our questions – they were very professional.”

Alex commented: “Opportunities within the market, which is one of Bristol’s busiest shopping areas, don’t come up very often, so it was great that we were able to assist with this transaction right on our doorstep.

“It means we are well placed to see the business as it grows and we wish Evie and Marilo every success as they take over the running of Bristol’s original vegetarian cafe.”