A CAFE that serves cheap food to hungover hipsters can’t figure out if it is incredibly cool or just convenient.
Betty’s Cafe, in Leytonstone, has seen an influx of young people every weekend, leaving regulars and staff confused as to whether it is being enjoyed ironically or is simply an easy method of ingesting carbohydrates and grease.
Waitress Nikki Hollis said: “We know they consider themselves fashionable because they’re dressed like down-at-heel Amish people, but we don’t know why they’re here.
“Are they having an immersive experience of working class heritage, or is Zone 4 the only place their parents can afford to buy them a house?
“Are they ordering plates of chips, bacon and beans so they can take photos and add vintage filters, or are they too lazy to make their own breakfast?
“Do they think the rubbery eggs cooked in an oddly perfect circle are delicious or are they inspiration for a logo for a website about keeping hens in your urban allotment? Who knows?”
82-year old cook Betty said: “Sometimes when I’m making a bacon sandwich I ask myself if it’s the pinnacle of postmodern retro-ironic cuisine.
“Then I remember I can’t afford to retire in the place I grew up and have a little cry.”