Pavement Whispers: The Blackout team announces mis•spelt – a new dispensary of baked goods and stacked sandwiches
There’s something big happening on the corner of Latrobe Terrace and Collingwood Street – the home of beloved Paddington coffee spot Blackout. In the coming weeks, the perpetually popular piccolo slinger will be relocating one door down into a brand-new space, one it’ll be sharing with the crew’s soon-to-open bakery concept, mis•spelt. With top-notch specialty coffee on one side and fresh loaves, pastries and sandwiches available on the other, this two-in-one emporium will handily cater to locals craving carbs and caffeine. Here’s what we know …
A couple of years back, Sam Holman was browsing the community Facebook page for Paddington, Rosalie and Milton locals when he spied a poll. It asked members what they thought Paddington needed most when it came to foodie amenities. The top response was a wine bar, followed closely by a bakery. As it happened, Sam and his business partner Eli Rami – the brains behind Paddington coffee joint Blackout and specialty roaster The Black Lab Coffee Co. – were already putting pieces in place for Noir, their intimate (and hugely successful) wine bar down on Given Terrace. Sam and Eli had also already discussed the idea of opening a pastry and loaf dispensary, but seeing such an outward demand for a quality bread source in Paddington spurred the duo to flag the concept for priority development. In approximately six weeks, the crew will open mis•spelt Bakery – the baked goods source that Paddington locals have been patiently waiting for.
Mis•spelt will be a little bit different to your conventional flour-caked bakeries. Instead of baking on site, Sam and Eli – two self-confessed novices when it comes to the art of bread making – have secured the services of an esteemed Brisbane bakery (the name of which will be revealed to the public closer to opening) to supply its range of artisanal breads and viennoiserie. In good news for the local lunch crowd, the mis•spelt team will also be whipping up a range of deli-style sandwiches. The space itself, formerly home to salon Apruzzese Hair, is being converted to house not only mis•spelt’s retail and prep area, but also Blackout, which is relocating from its cosy hole-in-the-wall space next door. Each concept will be divided by a central wall and will boast their own access point from the street (Blackout will also have a grab-and-go window for express orders). An arched entry bridging the two halves will allow guests to order a coffee from Blackout before then seamlessly moving over to mis•spelt to pick up a croissant or sandwich to go with it. The two sides will contrast aesthetically, with Blackout retaining its moody and dark palette of concrete, exposed brick and grey tiles across coffee counter, retail shelves and small interior seating area, while mis•spelt will be a much brighter space more closely resembling the team’s St. Lucia espresso bar If You Say So – think terrazzo surfaces and lighter materials. Blackout is slated to open first in approximately three weeks, with mis•spelt on track to open in a month and a half. Stay tuned for more updates on these as they emerge, as well as our up-close look inside once the venue opens to the public.
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