The expression “hole in the wall” is often over used – but in the case of the pint-sized June’s Shoppe, it’s the perfect description. With just a couple of tables and chairs, which jut out of the wall, and a small space where coffee, pastries, toast and “toppers”, or open sandwiches, are made, it’s the epitome of an order-and-go joint.
It’s the latest project by the Applejack Hospitality group (The Botanist, Della Hyde, SoCal, The Butler), and is below its recently opened Bopp & Tone on the (almost car free) Wynyard Lane in the CBD.
And while the upstairs restaurant and bar was a nod to the grandfathers of Applejack co-founders Ben Carroll and Hamish Watts, June’s Shoppe pays tribute to June, Tone’s always-smiling wife.
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“She has unfortunately passed away, but her memory lives on,” says Watts. “She was bright, bubbly and caring, and loved bringing people together at the beach, or at a barbeque, and providing delicious, simple meals for them to enjoy. She and Tone were madly in love, and they lived a very happy life together in Sydney.”
The space, designed by Luchetti Krelle (Bopp & Tone, The Butler, ACME, Sake), is brilliantly cheerful, with pops of bright yellow and white to emulate June’s personality and, as Watts says, to provide a constant source of “sunshine” in the city.
Because there’s limited space they’ve kept the menu tight. For breakfast there’s the Avo Buffalo Topper (avocado, buffalo mozzarella, a smoked tomato dressing, pepitas and basil) the Vegan Topper (tahini dressing, spiced mixed seeds, kale, fermented cabbage) and the Top of the B&E (fried egg, maple bacon, barbeque sauce). The Banana Bread Topper is spread with Nutella and served with banana, spiced strawberry sauce and salted-caramel popcorn.
For lunch there’s a pork belly banh mi (coriander, mint, chilli, cucumber, pickled carrot and mayonnaise) and a topper with poached chicken, slaw and turmeric mayo.
Coffee is by Gabriel Coffee, which is roasted in Sydney's lower North Shore. There’s a rotating single origin for those who like theirs black, and The Easy Tiger blend for milk coffee. Kombucha, cold-pressed juices, sodas and coconut water are also available.