Black pudding isn’t everyone’s idea of a good time. Then again, neither is transforming a run-down building into a busy city cafe.
When Katie Palmer and husband Kim spotted the former Franklin Street bank and video-gaming bar they knew they had to have it. Katie, who also owns The Loose Caboose, is the former owner of Semaphore’s Whipped Bake Bar Cafe.
Crack Kitchen makes use of the tall, narrow building’s natural light. There’s a lot of white and a bit of a Scandinavian vibe. Emma Sadie Thomson (EST) plants and hangers add a touch of greenery to the space, which opened in 2016.
The first floor is dedicated to dining and a roastery operates on the mezzanine. There’s a patisserie on the third floor, too.
The all-day brunch menu is a nod to British head chef David Bennett’s homeland. It includes bircher muesli; bubble and squeak; brioche Welsh rarebit; house-made black pudding; beef brisket; and gingerbread pikelets. Local suppliers include Fleurieu Milk Company, Gumview Free Range Eggs, Hoods Earth Eggs, Flavacado, San Jose Smallgoods, and Say Cheese.
Pots of tea, smoothies, fresh juices, milkshakes and organic soft drinks round off the menu.