Come Wednesday, Julien Moussi will have opened two cafes in two months. Clubhouse Malvern started trading last month; Stanley opens in Mount Waverley in two days, bringing Moussi’s cafe total to thirteen venues across the north, east and south of Melbourne.
To celebrate Stanley’s opening this Wednesday, five of Moussi’s venues will be serving free coffee and hot drinks all day: Fitzroy’s Bentwood, Northcote’s Tinker, Camberwell’s MOB, Clubhouse Malvern and the newest sibling, Stanley.
The offer – run in conjunction with Moussi’s Inglewood Coffee Roasters – includes one hot beverage per person, available during each cafe’s regular opening hours.
“We felt it was time to say a big thank you to our loyal clientele and strong social media following who’ve supported us over the years,” says Moussi.
Stanley is located in a residential part of Mount Waverley in an old corner milkbar. The cafe’s design and branding pays homage to the building’s history, with lettering, for example, that nods to confectionary packaging such as Fantales and Minties.
Jack Franklyn, who’s worked alongside Moussi for more than three years and helped to establish Age of Sail in Hawthorn East and more recently Bentwood in Fitzroy, is running the show here. Mahesh Adhikari, head chef at Tinker, also joins the Stanley team as head chef and part-owner.
“It’s a natural progression for ex-employees to become partners in the business and as they’re more invested too, I’ve found this really shows in the operation and success of the cafe,” says Moussi.
Free coffee and hot drinks are available at Tinker, Bentwood, MOB, Clubhouse and Stanley on Wednesday May 23. Stanley is located at 63 Stanley Avenue, Mount Waverley and is open on Wednesday from 7am to 4pm.