Project Description

This is arguably one of Ballarat’s best streets, which meant a high level of resolution with regard to the large number of planning controls associated with the street. The project required several planning and heritage meetings, and mediation with objectors. The building was originally an old milk bar and our client has transformed it into a gourmet food produce store, sourcing local and specialist products, specialist coffee and teas as a take-away option as well as sit in. The cafe caters mainly for the breakfast and lunch trade and has both indoor and outdoor seating.

The exterior of the shop has exposed red brick above the verandah line with a painted rendered wall under the skillion verandah that accentuates the timber entrance door and bi-fold windows used as a servery.

A modern styled painted picket fence has been constructed at the front of the skillion veranda. The stunning unique feature to the courtyard is the powder coated, perforated mesh box above with LED strip lighting inside for added effect has become the iconic feature of the cafe. Over time the courtyard has changed to adapt to Ballarat’s cold winds with the introduction of retractable roof louvres recessed into the ceiling and timber lining. The street view to the courtyard has also changed with the introduction of powder coated aluminium sliding bi-fold doors with murals depicting coffee and food.

The inside seating area with servery immediately creates a rustic ambience decorated with red brick walls, timber floors, a black counter, timber bench tops and tables, black chairs and feature light fittings. All of these elements together produce a rustic and industrial vibe which adds to the warmth of the cafe. At the rear of the building is a kitchen and utilities with access to the cafe and courtyard.

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