The Milkman is located on a creek-side strip that was Frankston’s main delivery route in the days of glass milk bottles with silver-foil lids. Owners Tom Debenham and Jacob Burke wanted to create something fun and fresh for their peers while giving some history and context to older generations. Local nannas are chuffed.
Debenham and Burke work in fit-outs and interior design, so they did everything at The Milkman themselves – design, build, branding, social media. They’re excited to bring their favourite Code Black coffee to Frankston. It comes up a treat on their custom-made Synesso in obsidian blue. The concrete floor of the cafe is painted in the same blue. Whitewashed wood and Peach Melba orange join the interior dots.
The beach is straight out front, across an arched wooden footbridge over Kananook Creek. Outdoor tables and glass bi-fold doors create a space you can feel comfortable floating in and out of with sandy feet.
Due to space restrictions the food menu is short and sweet, but The Milkman has all the standard cafe favourites such as smashed avo, poached eggs, banana bread and cold-pressed juice.