The Brooklyn neighbourhood bordered by Cypress Avenue, Princes Highway and Millers Road is a sweet residential backwater.
But it deserves and needs its own cafe.
And now it’s getting just that.
We’ve long admired the row of old-school shops on Eames Road, just of Millers Road.
In the past year or so, we’ve usually checked them out when parking prior to eating at Parotta Station, which is just around the corner on Millers. (NB: The prices have gone up a bit since that story was published!)
Dennis Ngo is busy setting up his Eames Avenue cafe, to be known as Chapter One Brooklyn.
“The food I’ll be serving will be toasties, baguettes, pastries and cakes – so simple and quick for those on the go,” he says.
“I’m hoping this place will bring the residents of Brooklyn out and know that there is somewhere they can meet while out walking their dogs or even out bike riding.
“I’ve been on the industry for over 10 years now and worked for many cafes. Customers have told me that there is no good coffee shops in the area so I would really love to put Brooklyn on map and make it a great place to go.
“As well help out the other businesses next to me and work along side each other.”
The cafe will be located in what was once the home a family day care establishment.
And those other businesses?
Well, one of them is a barber – and not just any barber either.
Famous hair cutter Doug Howie is here after being a long-standing institution on Williamstown Road and, more recently and briefly, on Francis Street.
Doug has, of course, brought with him to Brooklyn his magical collection of, well, stuff – and there’s plenty of room for it in his new digs.
Doug gives me a $25 hot-towel shave while I’m there.