Mr. Claude is housed beneath the historic Corbett Chambers building on Elizabeth Street, which was once home to a bar and dining hall for the Commercial Travellers Association. Along with neighbouring Corbett & Claude, Mr. Claude has embraced this notion, creating a space where groups can gather over good food, drink and conversation. Positioned at the end of the laneway, cafe Mr. Claude is set to open its doors to the public on Tuesday September 15. The sunken space features polished concrete floors and sleek finishes, with a long communal table running down the length of the space. The cafe has a number of grab-and-go options, including house-made cold-press juices and smoothies, make-your-own fruit crumble bowls, gourmet sandwiches, toasts, muffins and more. Sweet tooths can munch on gluten-free nodo donuts, treats from local Rawr Foods and indulgent hot chocolates – you’ll get a mug of hot milk with a New Farm Confectionery hot-chocolate stick to stir in, with flavours such as honeycomb and freeze-dried raspberries. Yeah, you heard us.