Henry Lee’s – named after the Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds track – was a homecoming for Central Coast couple Kath and Aaron Devaney.
After running Long Jetty favourite Green Tangerine, the couple returned to open this collaborative cafe in Redfern’s creative precinct at 16 Eveleigh Street.
Architect Atelier Andy Carson has created a light-filled space. A huge, steel, cantilevered awning provides dappled light across the polished concrete and bluestone floor. The interior design has kept aspects of the venue’s manufacturing history; bare stone walls and milled railway sleepers remain intact. A leafy courtyard breathes life into the industrial space.
The cafe sells products from The Urban Beehive Redfern and Tippity Tea. Reading material curated by Oxford Street’s Beautiful Pages is available to flick through while you eat, and to buy.
Baked bread comes from the Long Jetty kitchen each day. David Walker (previously of Pablo & Rusty's and The Nine Bondi) is in charge of the kitchen, and makes a hearty menu with daily specials. For breakfast there’s the Push The Sky Away Porridge with salted pecan praline and sour poached plums, and The Urban Beehive Redfern’s thyme-infused honey. Tender Prey is beef cheeks braised and smoked in Marrickville’s Grifter Brewing Co’s Serpent’s Kiss Watermelon Pilsner.