News Release: Finishing Line Cafe is just the start for Meadowbank campaigners

The re-opening of cafe facilities within Meadowbank Stadium has today been welcomed by campaigners.

The Finishing Line Cafe, who also operate a similar facility The Cedar Tree Cafe at Vogrie Country Park, recently agreed an extended deal with Edinburgh Leisure to re-open the facility at Meadowbank which has been appropriately named given its location.

“We see this as a long-term measure,” said partner Bryan Rudge. “We are delighted Edinburgh Leisure accepted our offer and we have now invested several thousand pounds to improve the kitchen area.

“We have been pleased with how things have gone during our first two months of operation. We always have a range of healthy foods available with several hot and cold options. We look forward to working with Edinburgh Leisure and the various groups that use Meadowbank.”

Save Meadowbank spokesman Kevin Connor welcomed the cafe’s re-opening. “Meadowbank’s cafe used to be a hive of activity,” he explained. “It was hugely popular with both sportspeople and the wider local population. Parents used it as a base while their children played sport and local pensioners went there every Friday for a special pensioners lunch deal. But the cafe was closed shortly after Edinburgh Leisure took over the running of the complex in the late 90s.

“The loss of cafe facilities was one of the most obvious signs of neglect at Meadowbank. We very much welcome the reintroduction of this facility. With Meadowbank set to stay in its current form for a good number of years we hope this is a positive sign of the Council’s intention to improve the facility. The Finishing Line Cafe should be just the start of improvements at Meadowbank.”