How plans can change.
When the lease on a handsome heritage-listed space became available on Graceville’s Honour Avenue, long-term friends Trish Walker and Jess Wyatt iced ideas of opening a homewares shop and started envisioning something much bigger. Taking a year to develop the space, source furniture and create a menu, the pair transformed what was a poky op shop into Hunter & Scout, a lively, sprawling cafe.
That interest in homewares and a history in interior design are evident in the fit-out. Inside, a small eating area is made cosy with exposed-brick walls and rafters and a signature stag head rendered in a polished wood hanging overhead. It’s perhaps out-shined, though, by the courtyard out back – an area lined with leafy trees, plants and timber accents, populated by beautiful bistro-style furniture and large cane lamp shades. It’s perfect for sunny winter days.
“All our furniture we sourced ourselves from overseas,” says Trish Walker. “Everything’s handmade.”
The kitchen serves big, hearty portions of local produce with an elevated restaurant quality. Expect a few standards (avo on toast with poached eggs, of course) among some more creative dishes including a spin on eggs Benedict with roast garlic and chive croquettes; albóndigas mince with pearl barley and grilled avocado; spiced lamb shoulder; and confit octopus.
Cakes in the cabinet come courtesy of James Street’s Jocelyn’s Provisions, with coffee supplied by Fonzie Abbott Coffee Roasters in Albion.
“Even if we could save a dollar somewhere else, it’s not about that for us,” Walker says. “Local supports local and I think that’s why we’ve been so successful so far.”
The plans for the homewares shop are still in the pipeline, with the idea to eventually create a space at the back of the property.
“It will be a full-on homewares house selling beautiful furniture with an interior designer and stylist on-hand,” Walker says.
Hunter & Scout
307 Honour Avenue, Graceville
(07) 3278 3300