Dovetail – Opening Soon
In early January the owners of beloved Norman Park coffee and brunch spot Dovetail on Overend revealed that they have a new cafe in the works. Adam and Rejoice Thomson have secured the former home of Saint Laura in Highgate Hill for Dovetail, their new multifaceted cafe and baked-goods dispensary. Born from a desire to spread their wings and take their brand of hospitality to a bigger audience, the couple searched south of the river for an ideal spot, falling in love with the building’s homely character. A slight refit of the venue is currently underway, with Adam and Rejoice careful to retain as much of the existing charm as possible, while adding a clean and modern-industrial aesthetic throughout. Each of the interior’s rooms will boast its own purpose and vibe – one will be dedicated to showcasing work from local artists, a second (called the ‘Merchandise Room’) will display mementos of Dovetail on Overend’s story as well as a range of the cafe’s products, another room will host gluten-free high-tea gatherings, and one will be transformed into a dedicated baking room. As for the food, Dovetail will see the couple dip further into Rejoice’s Filipino heritage for culinary inspiration. In addition to the couple’s famed gluten-free Filipino-inspired baked goods and desserts (think purple-yam doughnuts topped with pavlova), the kitchen will create a menu filled with international influences – each instilled with a home-cooked feel. As for coffee, local roasting outfit Almanac Coffee will on hand as the house blend, while single origins from other Australian roasters will pop in and out on a rotating basis. Also of note – Dovetail will trade in the events for a regular array of themed dinner events. Keep an eye out for Dovetail when it comes in late February or early March.