Locals have been peering through the giant glass windows of Cornersmith’s soon-to-open Annandale cafe for months. The new branch of the community and sustainability driven Marrickville eatery will combine its cafe, classes and picklery and have a stronger focus on takeaway options and a more kid-friendly menu.
Like at Cornersmith in Marrickville there will be shelves stocked with grocery staples, but here you can take them across the road to Hinsby Park, a post-school favourite of local families, and a community hub in its own right.
“It’s like a corner store but with handpicked products from makers and producers that we really believe in and admire,” says co-owner Alex Elliott-Howery. Pepe Saya butter; bread from The Bread & Butter Project and Sonoma; and Nonie Dwyer’s gluten-free Two Providores are some of the producers that will stock the grocery shelves.
“It’s a slightly more European model; people buying cheese and bread and getting a coffee to take to the park.”
“For families, it’s not nice sitting in cafes with kids – it’s horrible in fact. But being able to come over and get something that’s good quality instead of average takeaway food – that’s all I wanted when my kids were little.
The cafe itself is larger than the Illawarra Road outlet, with a generous sunny courtyard out back. Elliot-Howery and husband James Grant again used close friend Cameron Krone from Smith & Carmody for the fit-out. It’s clean and intimate with blonde wood, white tiling and slick, understated details throughout.
The couple hopes to offer workshops on Thursday nights down the track, and to host producer dinners next year. “It is basically going to be what we’re already doing, because we’re quite staunch about our philosophy,” Elliot-Howery says.
Cornersmith Annandale is slated to open mid-September.