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. They haven’t had much sleep since – it was a dump.

“We basically gutted the whole thing,” says Katie, who also owns The Loose Caboose and is the former owner of Semaphore’s Whipped Bake Bar Cafe. “I love interior design and I got itchy feet,” she says. “I always loved the [Franklin Street] building so when we saw it was empty we jumped on it.”

The cafe, called Crack, makes use of the tall, narrow building’s natural light. “We wanted it to look completely different to The Loose Caboose,” Katie says. “There’s a lot of white and a bit of a Scandinavian vibe.”

Structural Group Australia (which also built The Loose Caboose) took on building duties. Black Rabbit Architecture + Interiors, Crafty Design, and 1000 Chairs added design weight to the project. Emma Sadie Thomson (EST) plants and hangers add a touch of greenery to the space.

The first floor is dedicated to dining and a roastery operates on the mezzanine. A patisserie will eventually operate on the third floor, too. The all-day brunch menu is a nod to British head chef David Bennett’s homeland. Bircher muesli; bubble and squeak; brioche Welsh rarebit; house-made black pudding; beef brisket; and gingerbread pikelets are a touch of Blighty. Ingredients are local. Suppliers include Fleurieu Milk Company, Gumview Free Range Eggs, Hoods Earth Eggs, Flavacado, San Jose Smallgoods, and Say Cheese.

“The smashed avocado has been one of the most popular dishes,” says Katie. “And the black pudding has sold a lot more than I thought it would.”

Pots of tea, smoothies, fresh juices, milkshakes and organic soft drinks round off the menu.

The cheeky name is a coffee-roasting term. “We roast to first crack,” says Katie. “Some people aren’t fans of the name but it’s got more to do with the fact we’re in an old bank.”

13 Franklin Street, Adelaide

Mon to Fri 7am–4pm
Sat & Sun 8am–4pm