Spot the yellow brick near Jewell Station in Brunswick, and you’ll find Alex Anderson, Bex Kaye and Camilo Salgado’s new cafe, Nice One.
The spot “is a collection of each of our interests, as well as an opportunity to give a little something back to the community,” Anderson says.
With a large garden courtyard and an exhibition space showing work by local artists, Anderson hopes it will become a hub for locals.
Anderson and Kaye began working together at St ALi in 2008, and when Anderson later opened his own cafe in Kensington, The Premises, he enlisted Kaye as head chef. Salgado is a mutual friend of the pair who has a background in urban agriculture; he helped set up Pop Up Patch at Federation Square.
“The name, Nice One, is a little jovial and came about because I tend to say the phrase a lot,” says Anderson. “Like us, it’s a bit tongue-in-cheek, too”.
Mycelium Studios is behind the polished, warm fit-out that has custom lights by Copper Industrial Design and handmade recycled-timber furniture. Anderson’s dad sourced original army canvas from Albury-Wodonga to add texture to the cafe counter.
You enter Nice One through its garden courtyard, which backs onto Jewell Station’s car park. It has several nooks between planter boxes, veggie patches and fruit trees to settle into with a coffee. (Outside Nice One’s fence you’ll also find garden beds run by non-profit 3000Acres, which are available for the public to use.)
“We use a lot of the garden greens in the menu, such as the lettuce, micro herbs and seasonal veggies for the sandwiches and salads,” Anderson says.
The food offering is small and simple, with a garden salad and five sandwich varieties, including vegetarian and vegan options.
“The cheese and onion sandwich sounds simple, but we’ve taken it to the next level using three different cheeses, pickled onion and Twisties crumbs,” says Anderson.
Coffee comes from local Brunswick roaster Wood and Co, and customers who bring their own mug or KeepCup get a small discount. Reground collects and repurpose the cafe’s coffee grounds.
“We’d love for Nice One to be a place where creatives come and meet other creatives and bounce ideas off each other,” says Anderson. “The garden has ample space and a basketball hoop, [which] makes it a great family-friendly space for mothers, prams and children.”
15A Union Street, Brunswick
(+61) 410 727 709
Tue to Fri 7am–4.30pm
Sat & Sun 8am–4pm
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