Goodfolk Cafe opens its brunch and coffee nook in the heart of Bardon
The Rainworth General Store in Bardon boasts a storied history as a community hub, from its days as a trading post to its more recent iteration as home for coffee hotspot Neighbourhood Coffee Roasters. Two enterprising locals have stepped in and given the venue a new lease on life – transforming it into a bustling suburban foodie hub that feels as much as a home as a brunch-time destination. After a transitional soft-launch period, the venue – now known as Goodfolk Cafe – is starting to hit its stride. Guests can expect nourishing and consistent fare, delectable specialty coffee, sustainable hospitality practices and a natural and comfortable interior vibe that you’ll want to experience multiple times a week.
Since opening in 2015, Neighbourhood Coffee Roasters on Rainworth Road had given life to an oft-neglected part of Brisbane’s leafy western suburbs. The refurbished corner-store space became a go-to for caffeine-deprived locals, whose very hearts were subsequently broken when the Neighbourhood’s owners Alex and Steph Ridgway announced in September that they would be shuttering to concentrate on their Albion roasting operation. Though they would remain custodians of the space, Alex and Steph sought an operator that could take on the lease and do the location justice. Enter Adam Murphy and Nick Turner. The seasoned hospitality veterans loved the building’s natural aesthetic and charm, and that the bygone-era decor within created the feeling of a cafe locked in time. Opportunities to inhabit such a space are rare, so the duo decided to take on and transform the venue into Goodfolk Cafe – a brunch hub that maintained the community spirit but boasted a different approach insofar as the dining experience was concerned. Whereas Neighbourhood was more of a coffee-first outfit, Adam and Nick have endeavoured to enhance the venue’s overall dine-in capacity, adding new furniture to accomodate more guests (with large tables available for groups and families) with an increased total capacity now sitting around 100 patrons. In addition to new tables, the Goodfolk crew gave the space a fresh lick of paint and some new trimmings, while also installing a shiny new coffee machine and optimising both the coffee bar and kitchen to produce food and drink at a faster and consistent rate.
Indeed, consistency is one of Goodfolk’s core drivers, with Adam and Nick looking to establish the cafe as a space where locals can reliably enjoy a polished and well-priced experience any day of the week. Goodfolk Cafe’s menu utilises a mix of quality ingredients from trusted boutique suppliers and some grown in the venue’s on-site garden. The menu offers the likes of buckwheat, coconut and almond granola with coconut yoghurt and passionfruit, a chickpea, lime and coconut curry served with seasoned flatbread, roast cashews and poached egg, butter-fried sourdough French toast with house-made lemon curd and creme fraiche, and gooey bechamel-cheese-and-ham toasties. To ensure low mileage from source to table, Goodfolk’s protein is supplied by Meat at Billy’s, while free-range eggs and mushrooms are sourced from northern New South Wales. Goodfolk Cafe is also self-sufficient in many ways, growing its own cherry tomatoes and herbs in the outside garden, while also making its own almond milk, chai syrup and hot chocolate in house. If you’re panicked by the thought of having to trek to Albion to get your fix of Neighbourhood Coffee’s roast, fear not – Goodfolk’s coffee is made using Neighbourhood’s beans, with shots measured and timed to ensure the same consistency at peak and off-peak periods. Adam and Nick have implemented a circular waste-management system to get the most out of their kitchen excess, using a composting process to turn it into fertiliser for the garden. Takeaway cups are also recyclable, and plastic straws are ditched in favour of biodegradable sugar-cane straws.
Goodfolk Cafe is now open for breakfast and lunch from 7:00 am (the kitchen closes at 2:00 pm). For extra details, head over to the Stumble Guide.
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