Scritch scritch scritch
Barret +2 was now scribbled on a small blackboard hanging next to the door. Cornersmith, a trendy café in Marrickville, often inspired this kind of devotion. Sure other restaurants did not have a cue, but they also didn’t have a rooftop apiary and cheese making courses. Instead, the businesses along the main street had wacky didactic tube people sculptures. Totally not cool.
What was once a Vietnamese sewing thread shop was now a buzz-worthy chic café. Cornersmith was a refreshing breath of country air on a busy commercial corridor and an excellent example of sustainable urban renewal.
The faded and weatherworn posters advertising long distance calling plans and community events had been scrubbed off the glazed tile exterior. The café was small, but the high ceilings and large uncluttered windows lent airiness to the space. Jars of colorful homemade preserves on wood shelves decorated the spartan white walls.
A large chalkboard over the far end of the counter announced the locally sourced goods of the week. It reminded me of a theater marquee listing famous actors and actresses. Hand sprouted from organic beans by Amanda Roberts.
I ordered a frothy cinnamon blood plum shake and a pork shoulder sandwich with paprika cauliflower and capers. My lunch was tasty, but more importantly it looked so pretty that I felt the need to sign up for Instagram. Actually, all of Cornersmith was ripe for off-color photos with heavy vignettes- an observation not missed by the owners. I am sure that’s how they have enticed at least half of their customers.
As soon as we stood up our table was cleared and another couple squeezed into our warmed seats; the line outside contracted and resettled. It was a beautiful sunny afternoon and Barret and I felt good. Really good.
How to get to Cornersmith: 314 Illawarra Road, Marrickville NSW 2204