Bad Love Club
Footscray almost missed out on Bad Love Club. Sarah Ryan and Damien Shaw originally planned for their bakery-slash-bar to be in Sassafras – a sleepy village in the Dandenongs they loved to visit. They settled instead for Shaw’s hometown.
Bad Love Club is two-pronged: open early for Sensory Lab coffee, breakfast jaffles and 5 & Dime bagels to take away, and a “boozy bakery” at night where Ryan’s baked goods will feature alongside dessert cocktails. An end-of-the-meal location, if you will.
The site needed a lot of work. BOarch did the fit-out, using the store’s branding from Studio Cahoots to come up with the popping pink walls and perforated steel “trees”.
Trailing pearl succulents, cacti and eucalyptus extend from the steel branches. Ryan’s home-style treats also use native ingredients such as wattleseed and lemon myrtle.
Fresh produce comes from the nearby Footscray Market, the all-important jaffle bread is jumbo-sized Zeally Bay sourdough, and Pepe Saya butter and St David Dairy are on hand.
The name stems from the Eric Clapton song, Bad Love, a tune the pair first bonded over. To keep with the theme, most of the menu items are given a musical name.
There’s the Fab Four, for instance: ham, cheese, tomato and pink peppercorns in a classic jaffle arrangement. Or The Coaster: a Mexican-style jaffle where the crusts are dipped in crushed-up corn chips named after Down in Mexico by The Coasters.