I recently wrote a post about a new cafe being created in the space formerly occupied by 20th Century Pieces. I stopped by on Saturday to see if it was open. The answer is yes, sort of. The friendly owner Felice welcomed me in and I met members of his family and some of his friends including Steve from Handsome Steve’s House of Refreshment. I enjoyed a delicious short macchiato that I was not allowed to pay for despite my protestations.
An official opening date has not been set, and an outdoor sign has not yet been made because a final decision on the name has also not been made. I learned how hard it is to source the letters to use on traditional menu boards (they’re available somewhere in Richmond) and watched it being constructed.
The fit out is elegant and understated, with dark wood furniture, a polished concrete floor and an upholstered booth at the back. The huge model aeroplane hanging from the ceiling has been there since it was 20th Century Pieces.
There’s going to be a regular table football competition. I doubt my blind luck will get me far compared to genuine skill, but I’m willing to try.
The license allows only for daytime trading at present, but they are applying to council to obtain an evening license.
The space and ambience are simply gorgeous – even the sugar bowls are beautiful.
As a biker I appreciated seeing the gear on the clothes stand in the corner, and an AGV Valentino Rossi replica helmet sat on another shelf (I have one too).
I’m looking forward to visiting again soon. I expect it will quickly become popular because it feels right and the coffee is fasntastic.