Deep in the somewhat café-starved recesses of Brunswick West, Lolo & Wren is bringing the locals something they have been waiting for. Franco Caruso (previously of Richmond Hill Café & Larder and 2006 Scottish Young Chef of the Year) is behind the pots and pans while his wife Karen is taking charge of the floor.

“I would really love Lolo & Wren to be the people’s local, where they can come regularly and get great coffee and a good feed without hurting their pockets,” says Caruso. “My focus has always been produce and tasty food that puts a smile on people’s faces.”

And the food at Lolo & Wren is going to do just that. The avocado and pebre salsa bruschetta is a perfect summer dish filled with herbs and flavour, while the chorizo sliders are already looking like a crowd favourite. The menu features plenty of other tempting and creative options, like the herbed crepes or the zucchini fritters.

Local and organic produce is at the heart of this little café. Think well made 5 Senses Coffee, Jonsey's Dairy Fresh, Flinders Island Meat, Western Plains Pork and cheese from Savour and Grace and Calendar. They’ve also nabbed themselves Luke Basham from Fenton Farm, who’s growing some fine produce just for them. Caruso is particularly excited about the great baby beets and Jerusalem artichokes coming in for autumn.

With the help of friend and cabinetmaker Craig Goodison, the couple were also heavily involved in the design and fit-out of the café, which was largely inspired by recycled materials. The hard work has paid off with a light, open space, perfect for a relaxed coffee and a bite to eat. We can see this one becoming a favourite with the locals.

Lolo & Wren
484 Albion Street, Brunswick West
(03) 9383 3712

Mon to Fri 7am to 4pm
Sat & Sun 8am–4pm