Eli Rami and Sam Holman can’t stop, won’t stop. After opening Paddington wine bar Noir earlier this year, they’re at it again. This time, they’re returning to what they know best: coffee.
The duo – who are also behind roaster Black Lab Coffee and Paddington cafe Blackout – are expecting to open their new pint-sized coffee shop, If You Say So, in the first week of January. Housed in a tiny historical building on Gailey Road – a tea house in the early 1900s – the space will have a Moroccan-inspired fit-out with a large terrazzo coffee bench and bright colour palette. It’s located across the road from the lush Jack Cook Memorial Park, which Rami wants to capitalise on.
“We’ll have milk crates with picnic blankets inside them,” Rami says. “[You can] grab your coffee and pastries, go across [to the park] and have a little picnic. Then bring the crate back when you’re finished.”
Rami believes the location will make it a perfect stop-and-go coffee spot for office workers on their way into the city. With that in mind, and the limited space available, the cafe will be geared towards takeaway. But, for those who wish to linger, there will be six seats inside and around double that outside on the footpath. Grab-and-go food options will include Butterbing cookies, Doughluxe doughnuts, croissants and muffins.
For coffee, If You Say So will run Black Lab’s Platinum as its house blend and offer single origins. There will also be batch brew on tap, cold drip and bottles of the venue’s own cold brew, BRB. A retail shelf will contain coffee beans, merch, brewing equipment (such as French press, V60 and Aeropress), accessories for brewing (filters, jugs and tamps) and alternative milks (sourced through Rami and Holman’s business The Milkmen).
If You Say So is expected to open at 88 Gailey Road in early January.