If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That’s Jason Shun’s business philosophy. He took over Cheerio in mid-2015, making his mark with only minor tweaks, such as introducing cold-brew coffee.
No one wants the place to change too much. Cheerio’s 15 seats have been almost permanently occupied since opening in 2012. There’s an intimate local character here that bigger and more ambitious cafes struggle to match.
But despite its modest dimensions, the cafe manages to offer full service. There’s an extensive menu featuring avo toast, pancakes, toasties, smoked ham hock, baked eggs and a breakfast burger. Most dishes have an interesting twist.
Cheerio didn’t make its name with food, though. For the loyal locals, it’s all about the stainless-steel La Marzocco and the Seven Seeds espresso that runs through it. If you find yourself in the area, it’s likely to be your best option for a takeaway.