The duo responsible for The Loose Caboose and Whipped cafes are opening a new brunch spot in the city. Katie and Kim Palmer chose an old bank at 13 Franklin Street as their new home. “I fell in love with the building as a child,” Katie says. “Kim and I said we would never lease another space but when we found out this building was available we had to do it.”

Crack continues the Palmers' tradition of names that are a little bit "naughty". The cheeky moniker sprawls across the exterior of the building. Inside, the space has a Danish feel, all clean lines and high ceilings, quite a jump from the warm wooden furniture and artful clutter of The Loose Caboose.

A mezzanine is home to a roaster and the beans will be handled by head honcho Kim, at the new location. The top floor will house a full patisserie co-owned by Marie Robertson, a former chef from Whipped. Robertson was responsible for the array of wildly flavoured desserts at the Semaphore cafe and will continue to provide sweets to all venues. She’ll also bake fresh bread in-house.

The bottom floor will host the main cafe with a restored bank vault still intact. “The vault is going to be converted into a disabled toilet,” Katie says. “I can’t even open the door it’s so heavy, but we’re putting in a button to automate it.”

There’s still other building work to be polished off, too, so expect the opening in late July.

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Crack, 13 Franklin Street