While Two Franks only opened in 2023, it’s arguably been in the works for decades. Owners and sisters Angie Markou and Chryssie Swarbrick grew up in the area, in a house that was passed down from their grandparents to their parents.
And they’re still here – serving coffee, pastries and pantry items from their favourite local suppliers in a former butcher shop. At the counter, milk crates are filled with cheesymite croissants and cinnamon twists from Ocab Bakery, and more treats from Back Alley Bakes, Cakehouse Collective and Cobb Lane. There’s a charming server window at the front, where you can order Small Batch coffee, house-made chai and hot chocolate.
Lollies and provisions line the shelves, as well as condiments and pita bread from Seddon’s The Brotherhood Yiros. And at the back – beneath a glowing green “Take me home” sign – is a fridge stocked with St David’s Dairy milk; ready-made meals; and Mediterranean dips, including a spicy feta cheese number lovingly made by Markou and Swarbrick’s father.
The space itself – renovated by the sisters with the help of Markou’s husband – beams with nostalgia. Inside, there’s a green-and-white chequerboard counter inspired by Reynard Street’s old milk bar and grocer. And outside, the green tiles were painted to match the colours of the olive tree in their parents’ front yard.
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