A peanut-butter speciality cafe is coming to Norton Street in Leichardt next month. It’s called Peanut Butter Bar.

The husband-and wife-team behind the venture, Christine and Nagib Elbakht, believe that great peanut butters are made without sugar, preservatives or hydrogenated fat. There will be no Kraft here; instead the team is partnering with Californian-based Buff Bake, a natural nut butter brand.

“I’ve always been obsessed with peanut butter. I ate it every single day during my high school years for lunch, on toast,” says Christine.

On the menu we’re promised vegan peanut butter shakes; vegan caramelised banana and peanut butter pudding (with a sweet-potato base); and gluten-free salted peanut butter and chocolate chip skillet cookies, which are baked to order.

“I am trying to get back into being fit and healthy. My family are obsessed with desserts and love gelato,” says Christine. “It’s about the coexistence of two universes: the obsession with desserts and the obsession to stay fit,” she says.

You’ll find almond butter protein balls with linseed, tahini and dates, and banana-flaxseed protein bars. The venue will also be churning high-protein, low-sugar gelato in-house on a machine imported from Italy.

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It’s also a strategic attempt to move the obsession with Nutella onto peanut butter. “Over the last few years we’ve seen the use and abuse of Nutella on everything. It’s not sustainable [because] there’s only so much you can consume,” she says.

The industrial space is inspired by the 1976 film Rocky and is designed to look like an old-school boxing studio. It has floor-to-celling murals of Muhammad Ali and Arnold Schwarzenegger; a handmade replica boxing ring; and projections of old Rocky films and classic fights on the walls.

Peanut Butter Bar is opening in Leichhardt on the October long weekend.


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