Now Open: Essendon’s Assembly Ground, Serving Pina Coladas and Fried-Chicken Tacos for Brunch

Written for Broadsheet Before opening a cafe of his own, JohnPaul Marmora worked as a real-estate agent and a sales manager. “I actually spent a lot of time in cafes [for work],” he says. “And owning a cafe of my own was something I always wanted to do; to bring my vision to life.” In… Continue reading Now Open: Essendon’s Assembly Ground, Serving Pina Coladas and Fried-Chicken Tacos for Brunch

Now Open: Hibiki Does Japanese-Style Brunch in Camberwell

Written for Broadsheet A large part of the menu at Japanese-style brunch spot Hibiki is based on owner Reiji Honour’s mum’s cooking. “Still to this day I call randomly at lunchtime and be like, ‘Mum, how do I cook this chicken to perfection?’” he says, laughing. The okonomiyaki is one of those dishes. The cabbage… Continue reading Now Open: Hibiki Does Japanese-Style Brunch in Camberwell

A Modern Take on the General Store for Trentham

Written for Broadsheet Melbourne Resting above the mantelpiece in Trentham General’s main dining room is an oil painting of “General Smith", the store’s fictitious CEO. The portrait is one of many collectables co-owner and interior stylist Lynda Gardener has kept stored away for years, and now sells at her new cafe, homewares and furniture store… Continue reading A Modern Take on the General Store for Trentham

Mister Hoffman

Written for Broadsheet Melbourne  As a young girl, Petra Parker dreamed of owning her own cafe. She played shops and spent her afternoons baking with her Oma (grandmother) – a tradition she now shares with her young boys, Oskar and Max. Petra and husband Dean Parker took over the Mister Hoffman site in the spur… Continue reading Mister Hoffman