Residents and visitors to the Victorian seaside hamlet of Inverloch are in for a treat as the township’s first ‘hole-in-the-wall’ café prepares for launch this Autumn.
A passion for people and food is what drove Fran and Nathan Warren to create The Local. Inverloch. They have set up The Local. to create a unique offering and support the wider community.
When The Local. opens its doors, and hole-in-the-wall, they will be serving a range of Allpress Espresso coffee, nourishing readymade food, every day provisions and unique provedore delicacies. One attraction will be The Local’s operating hours – opening daily from 6.30am, and hence, a great day starts with the Local.
Over multiple conversations, the coffee, food and provedore concept evolved. Following a search for the ‘perfect’ premises, they locked in The Local. location - a prime corner site at the end of Inverloch’s main street.
“We will serve amazing Allpress Espresso air roasted coffee from Melbourne, a first for Inverloch,” Fran said. “The hole-in-the-wall concept allows for quick, efficient and reliable service. We are confident that with the great coffee and our pantry full of readymade food, we have a winning formula.”
“We have created this business with families in mind, including our own - we want it to be accessible to everyone. We hope to see lots of early risers including cyclists, surfers, dog walkers, shift workers and tradies as we’ll be open from 6.30am allowing them to drop in for their morning coffee.”
“Locally sourced produce will be used at every opportunity,” said Fran. “We are a community minded business and it’s important for us to make the most of this incredible food bowl that we live in. We aim to showcase this as much as possible.”
The interior fitout of The Local. has been a labour of love, made from reclaimed timber, sourced by two passionate builders to achieve a look described as rustic and edgy, with plenty of character.
Nathan, who has headed up the fitout said the cabinetry in The Local. looks amazing and he couldn’t be happier with the shape it’s taking.
“We’ve been working closely with Jarrah Cocks, our cabinetmaker, and his vision and workmanship is inspiring,” said Nathan. “Jarrah, along with Alistair, from Reclaimiture, sourced timber from the Dandenong Stockyards as well as some pieces from the old Koonwarra School and Hazelwood power station. We hope the reclaimed timber work will be a talking point with visitors.”
“At the end of the day, we’re foodies with a young family who love great coffee, we’ve created The Local. to have a broad appeal to all,” said Nathan. “We will be relying on our local customers to guide us in the right direction as we move forward, by giving us feedback on what they’d like to see.”
The Local. Inverloch is located at the corner of William St and Hopetoun St in Inverloch. It is scheduled for opening in the coming weeks.
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