Seemingly from nowhere, a new cafe has popped up on Lawrence Hargrave Drive in Thirroul.
And everyone is talking about it’s name.
‘Bread, Espresso &’ is called just that. It’s not a sign writing error or a funky alignment issue. The cafe is actually called Bread, Espresso &.
And it’s super-cute. A bright, modern design coupled with ample parking, the cafe is already humming.
Owner Sandy Hewitt says if you think this cafe just ‘arrived’ it pretty much feels like that for her too!
Sandy says although it was something they’d talked about, it was just eight weeks ago the family actually made the decision to go into business for themselves.
Sandy is a Chinese Medicine Practitioner with a background in nursing and hospitality, having worked at the Wharf Restaurant at the Sydney Theatre Company.
Originally from Sydney, the couple moved to Thirroul, before recently buying a home in Corrimal.
“We were really keen to do our own thing,” says Sandy. “We love working together and were looking for our own creative outlet. Fitting out the space was great fun. Bits and pieces just jumped out and we worked out the rest as we went along. It really just evolved and we are so happy with the result.”
And what about the name? Why the &?
“We are quirky,” says Sandy. “We thought the name was quirky too! It means we are not limited. We will add more to the business as we go. Who knows what it will mean as time goes on.”
“At the moment we make great organic Allpress coffee, and we have delicious bread delivered from Berry and from Brasserie Bread in Sydney. We also offer cakes, gourmet pies and raw desserts, but who knows what we will offer as time goes on.”
And huge wraps for the community of the Northern Illawarra for their warm welcome to the newcomers.
“The community has been amazing,” she says. “The response to our opening has been exhilarating beyond expectations. It’s really lovely how locals have been so supportive of our small business. So far the hours are long and we are still learning, but we are loving being in Thirroul and are loving being a part of the area.”