As customers file into the clean, white, homely interior of Adeney – decorated with terracotta plants and hanging lights, it’s hard to believe the Laskie family experienced such a shaky start, with the theft of their top-of-the-range Slayer espresso machine just days before opening.

“The coffee machine was sort of the last thing we thought would go and so when we figured out it was stolen, we were gutted,” says co-owner James Laskie. “But it’s good we’re back and we can put it behind us.”

Growing up around the corner, brother-and-sister duo James and Cat Laskie recognised the potential in the old milk bar on the corner long before its reinvention.

Situated in a quiet residential block opposite a sports oval and close to local schools, it’s easy to stumble across this sun-drenched gem on a morning walk or Sunday drive.

Having previously experimented with other remote suburban cafés 30 Mill and Base Camp, James approached this new venture knowing that everyone loves a local hangout. “There’re so many families in the area – kids coming in for milkshakes, parents coming in for coffee,” says James. “That’s why we called it Adeney – everyone knows this street.”

With a simple menu that offers something for everyone, including a sweet breakfast truffle and a chicken pesto pide, the locals are giving Adeney the thumbs up, and the little milk bar on the corner lives on.

70 Adeney Avenue, Kew
(03) 9817 3993

Mon to Fri 7am–4pm
Sat & Sun 8am–4pm