Fly Furniture & Espresso Bar

Closed Permanently

When stay-at-home-dad Joe Tanham restored an antique factory cart between nappy changes, he didn’t have a new business in mind. But when someone offered to buy the cart, it legitimised his passion for giving new life to well-worn pieces of Australia’s working history.

At Fly (originally known as Industrial Revolution) that passion sees him restore typewriters, 1970s gym horses, fire-hose cabinets, cast-iron tables and 1940s museum display counters. His pieces clutter the tiny store but never stay for long, with an ever-changing conveyer belt of Tanham’s projects stopping briefly before being snapped up and taken to their new homes.

Tanham has also been collecting and operating vintage coffee machines since the early 2000s, so an instore espresso bar seemed inevitable. His machines of choice are dual 1955 lever-operated Faemas that use a blend from Campos Coffee. He works the machines four days a week, restoring furniture in his shed the other three.

The only thing he doesn’t do is bake. The cafe’s French sweets are supplied by Port Adelaide’s Mayfair Bakery and include pistachio-and-honey cheesecakes and salted-caramel-and-chilli tarts for a very vintage $3.50 a pop.
Updated: June 21st, 2017

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