In 2015 Venus Wholefoods’ founders Michelle Hughes and Tim David set up shop in The Stables precinct where their healthy lunchtime fare earned a loyal following. Eighteen months later Venus moved to a larger space across the road.
Hughes and David designed and built the new cafe themselves. The street-facing shopfront has sun in the morning and outdoor and indoor seating. The fit-out features concrete, tiles and greenery.
There's a grab-and-go style fridge and a large salad bar for which David makes seasonal salads. Vegan options include plant-based versions of classic meat dishes such as chicken schnitzel; jackfruit pulled pork; walnut mince; and a veggie sausage.
Venus serves Single Origin Roasters coffee and its signature, feel-good smoothies, including Love (banana, kale, spinach, coconut milk, chia seeds, super greens), Friendship (banana, mixed berries, almond milk, maca powder) and Empowerment (banana, almond milk, cacao, mint, chia seeds).