The sign above the counter in Tuckshop reads “Greetings from Glenhaven: Where it’s not the city and you couldn’t care less.” And, when you’ve got Tuckshop providing all the coffee, burgers and green smoothies your heart desires, why would you?
Co-owner Mike Ico explains the new cafe and takeaway is an expression of Western Pride. “It was built for Glenhaven,” he explains. “We want people in Glenhaven to feel like this is their shop. It’s for them.”
Set up by the boys behind The Baron, Ricky Row, Mike Ico and Matthew Stone – and Eels legend Nathan Hindmarsh – Tuckshop is set up in a defunct milk bar. “We used to drive past the shop all the time, then it went up for lease,” Ico recalls. “It’s in the middle of nowhere, pretty much. There’s a school, a soccer field, and a retirement village. It’s suburbia.”
The team decided to stay true to its takeaway roots, and put a contemporary spin on the good-old tuckshop. Along with cheeseburgers and bacon-and-egg rolls, it serves single-origin coffee and Sonoma bread. “We just cater for the area, really,” says Ico.
Tuckshop also demonstrates local pride in its produce. “All our meat comes from Kenthurst, which is around the corner,” says Ico. “All our organic fruit and veg comes from Dural – it’s also, literally, around the corner from us. Our eggs are from Kellyville.”
Ico believes there’s a huge appetite for quality, local food in the West. “There’s not much around, but people are aching for it,” he says.