Around midnight on November 12, 2013, Di and Will Keser received news that an electrical fire had broken out in a massage parlour neighbouring their business of five years, the Hardware Société.
The fire resulted in significant water and smoke damage to the cafe, and was devastating for the owners and their staff of 20. Fortunately, the ‘Hardware family’ were able to remain closely knit and focus their attention on sister cafe, Bowery to Williamsburg. “We’re humbled by our staff’s loyalty and are very happy to be reopening with the same team,” Di says.
After three months spent battling it out with body corporate and insurance companies, the Hardware Société is ready to reopen. Still enamored with Spanish and French culture, the Hardware Société will continue to produce quality bistro style meals. The Mini Marché remains, with rustic jams, breads and pastries by Noisette, free-range eggs, Padre coffee and in-house teas.
Although the rebuild has been taxing, the Hardware Société has risen from the ashes looking fresher than ever. The interior is lighter, with French fashion designer Christian Lacroix's butterfly wallpaper, French provincial furniture and light fittings reminiscent of baking utensils. Whether you’ve been lining up for brunch every weekend since 2009 or you’re visiting for the first time, the Hardware Société’s new aesthetic is worth a look.
120 Hardware Street, Melbourne
(03) 9078 5992
Mon to Fri 7.30-3pm
Sat & Sun 8am-2.30pm