After months of closure, Chef Zahra Khan is opening her two Marylebone businesses Feya cafe and DYCE London to the public for outdoor dining.
As the Spring season starts, pile-high pancakes, floral-adorned avocado toasts and DIY ice cream desserts will be ready to serve – to the delight of customers. Over the past few weeks, they have been inquiring about the opening date of their favourite Instagrammable brunch and dessert places. And it’s no wonder why, with their whimsical interiors and lavish, experiential dessert delights, FEYA and DYCE provide an escapism through taste and experience.
The cafes closed their doors once again when the COVID-19 crisis became a major threat to public health. With a new website, charity-partnered retail line and delivery service, Chef Zahra Khan used the lockdown period to raise her digital game and launch a social initiative close to her heart: Feya Cares.
When choosing your debut eatery, chose one that gives back. Feya is donating 10% of profits from sale of its retail line to Young Women Trust; charity that provided professional coaching to 2993 women last year and is expecting this to reach 15000 women in three years. Feya’s support will increase women’s confidence levels, bolster employability and reduce income gap which have been hard hit by the pandemic.
Feya Cares aims to close gender gaps by providing young women with resources and support to reach their professional goals. In 2019, women 83p every £1 men earn in the UK; women-owned startups received 23% less funding than men’s. These are a few examples of gender that should no longer exist, and Zahra Khan has decided to fight for.
Chef Zahra Khan said: “Being a woman, mother and BAME entrepreneur in the UK, I had to face many challenges that I don’t want neither my daughters and the future generations of female leaders to face. Feya Cares is on a mission to bridge the gender gaps and create a more equal and inclusive business world.”
Since she started her entrepreneurial journey, Zahra has been committed to making a difference in people’s lives by partnering with charities fighting social inequalities like YMCA, Refuge and the British Heart Foundation. Feya and DYCE cafes are reopening for outdoor dining and takeaway from 12th April 2021.