What was once Petitou at 206 Somerville Rd is now Project 206.
The place looks a treat, the coffee is good and they have a buy-five-get-one-free loyalty card and wifi.
Food runs, at present, to breakfast regulars, such as eggs and pancakes, and light lunch fare, such as a soup special, frittata and lasagna.
The kids/toy space at the back has given way to more regular seating and a liquor licence is in the works.
Owner Natalie tells me there are plans afoot to see the abandoned servo across the road become a four-level apartment block.
Whatever our collective ambivalence about rampant apartment development, that will surely be an improvement on the current eyesore!
Project 206 is open 10am-3pm Mondays, 9.30am-4.30pm Tuesdays to Fridays and 9am-430pm at weekends. Phone: 90044563.
Meanwhile, over in Barkly St, Magic Momo Kafe proprietor Ravi tells me his baby is still at least a week away from opening its doors for the first time.
He’s taken a realistic approach to competing with the varied Indian options in the area, so is excited about a menu that covers a number of bases.
He promises a lively cafe vibe with great coffee and a spectacular range of Indian sweeties.
Tried Project 206…sadly, won’t be going back. Disappointed with the number of apartments going up in the area too.
Other old servos which have closed have taken years to clean up. Ashley St and Barkly St were still vacant years after being closed down and sold when I managed to make my escape late last year.
The decor looks cute!
I’m concerned that Magic Momo could be spreading things too widely with their menu. Multi-cuisine restaurants often do many things not-so-well. Hope the momos are great!
Disappointed. Being trying to call to book an appointment for a voucher. No one ever picks up.