Irvine Seagate restaurant named Irvine’s best coffee


There were cups of tea at the Seagate Leisure Center on Monday as they were crowned winners of the Irvine Times Cafe of the Year 2021.

And cafe manager Joanne Finnigan was thrilled with the bustling downtown cafe team working hard all week at Seagate.

“We have a great team here at Seagate and everyone is working so hard, it’s a huge boost for everyone,” said Joanne.

“Here at Seagate we have a strong sense of community and we want people to feel safe and secure to come and eat something on their own because there will always be someone to talk to.

Seagate manager Joanne Finnigan with the trophy.

“It’s a friendly little coffee and breakfasts served to our regulars, groups of friends who come for coffee and cake, to workers who come for their soups and burgers at lunchtime and to our customers who enjoy our daily specials, we try to cover everything for people entering Seagate. ”

Last month, we asked readers to vote for their favorite Irvine coffee, and the Times office was filled with trash bags of nominations for the best restaurants in town.

Joanne admits it was tough when the lockdown hit, but as soon as they could, the doors were open and the regulars were back at their favorite cafe.

“It has been a difficult time for anyone working in the hospitality industry and we have tried to keep in touch with guests who we knew were alone and would miss meeting people at Seagate,” said explained Joanne.

“We were thrilled to see everyone coming back as soon as they could and we also started recruiting new employees who jumped into the Seagate way of life, working hard to ensure we provide excellent customer service. and delicious food. ”

As soon as the Irvine Times searched for the best coffee in Irvine, Seagate customers were buying their copies of the newspaper to vote for Seagate.

“There was a real buzz about the place from the time the awards were announced in the newspaper,” said Joanne.

“Our customers were running with their ballots and before we knew it, we were in the race.

“We would like to thank everyone who took the time to fill out the ballot and vote for Seagate, it meant a lot to everyone who voted for our team.

“It’s more than just a job, we’re often the only people some clients will see all day.

“A huge thank you from me and the entire Seagate team, we will definitely be having a little celebration for all of those who work so hard to make this the best little coffee in Irvine.”


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