Henry Lee’s – named after the Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds track – is a homecoming for Central Coast couple Kath and Aaron Devaney.
After uprooting with their two-year-old six years ago to run Long Jetty favourite Green Tangerine, the couple has returned to open a new collaborative cafe in Redfern’s creative precinct at 16 Eveleigh Street (opposite Brickfields), which is also home to Sydney cellar door Cake Wines. “It was designed by our good friends in a town we called home once upon a time, having our first child a few streets away,” Kath says.
Architect Andy Carson ripped the roof off over a central, leafy courtyard to create a light-filled space where tenants and locals can mingle over coffee (at the moment it’s The Little Marionette’s Sanchez blend). A huge, steel, cantilevered awning was installed to provide dappled light across the polished concrete and bluestone floor. Darlinghurst’s Amber Road Design has kept aspects of the venue’s manufacturing history; bare stone walls and milled railway sleepers remain intact.
The cafe sells products from The Urban Beehive Redfern and Tippity Tea, and reading material is available to flick through while you eat, and to buy (Cereal, Fête and Apartamento). The selection is curated by Oxford Street’s Beautiful Pages.
“As cheesy as it is, we'll be bringing our community spirit with us. We have played a big role in creating a sustainable lifestyle within our community on the coast, including founding and organising the Long Jetty Street Festival. Our aim is to bring that to Redfern and the wider surrounding creative precincts.”
While there’s no on-site bakery like at Green Tangerine, bread will make it down from their 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. The Push The Sky Away Porridge is made with salted pecan praline, 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.