One Another isn’t a destination cafe. There’s no elaborately stacked French toast creations for your Instagram, no poke bowls, açaí, matcha or stuffed croissants either. There are no copper pipes or exposed-brick walls, and the menu doesn’t have a mission statement.
Instead it’s got fresh fruit juices, bacon and egg rolls, malted milkshakes, a poached-chicken sandwich and eggs on toast. And everything is under $20. In other words, this is a local cafe – although an extremely high quality one.
The bacon and egg roll is made with bacon from Tablelands Premier Meats from central-west NSW, and bread is from Providence or Nonie’s (for gluten free). Shane Roberts, the veg merchant who supplies to Mecca, Pizza Madre and Cornersmith, is supplying the cauliflower in the barley, currant and almond salad, and the pumpkin served with the orange and hummus salad.
The coffee is from Sample and just about everything else (the milkshake syrups, the cured bonito and the granola) is made by owners Mitchell Antman and Louis Spangaro-McAllan.
“It seems like a lot of people are trying to be absolutely on point, right on the razor's edge, but you end up leaving a lot of good stuff behind,” says Spangaro-McAllan, explaining that he’s not interested in running a cafe where people travel across the city just to try a new, flashy dish.
The space was acquired in 2017, but due to a long string of obstacles the cafe’s only just opened. “Everything went wrong: the landlord died, there were council issues, the landlord caused some council issues. We kept getting right to the precipice. You get very patient,” says Spangaro-McAllen.
Everyone in the area noticed One Another was coming because it’s taken over one of Newtown’s best commercial real estate spots – the sun-drenched corner of Wilson and Burren Streets. The warehouse-in-a-previous-life has been transformed into a bright, window-filled venue stacked with simple timber furniture (some of which the owners built with reclaimed timber) on one side, and a long open-air kitchen and bar on the other.
From almost any seat you can see the nearby park and the green backstreets of Newtown. “We want to have a place where we know everyone. I want the community to come here – that’s the kind of cafe I want to own,” says Spangaro-McAllan.
Shop 1/131 Wilson Street, Newtown
Mon to Fri 7am–3.30pm
Sat & Sun 8am–3.30pm
This article first appeared on Broadsheet on March 29, 2019. Menu items may have changed since publication.