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April 26, 2019
Habits

Evenings at Sibling: Your favourite Gilles Street café is now doing knock-offs

Gilles Street café Sibling is now trading until 6pm on Fridays and Saturdays, offering a small plates menu from chef Aaron Caporn paired with wine, beer, cocktails and cosy vibes.

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  • Words: Johnny von Einem
  • Pictures: Sia Duff

After almost 12 months trading as the sister café to its adjoined maker studio and store Ensemble, Sibling is extending into early evening trade, launching Evenings at Sibling.

Every Friday and Saturday, Sibling will keep its doors open until 6pm, offering a range of share plates designed by chef Aaron Caporn, as well as a concise list of local and natural wines, craft beer, and cocktails – some classics and some in-house creations.

Remarks

Evenings at Sibling
Every Friday and Saturday until 6pm

Sibling
96 Gilles Street, Adelaide 5000

Monday: 7:30am ’til 2pm
Wed-Thu: 7:30am ’til 2pm
Friday: 7:30am ’til 6pm
Saturday: 9am ’til 6pm
Sunday: 9am ’til 2pm

Closed Tuesdays

“As soon as I told [Aaron] that it was a go, he started pickling. He started pickling in December. He’s really excited,” Caitlin says.

“His background is Africola and Golden Boy, and a few restaurants in Melbourne as well, so nights are his thing.

“It’ll be really complementary, laid back… Just delicious, salty food that goes well with wine.”

The menu will change seasonally, but the inaugural iteration includes dill pickles with cashew cream, avocado with cured yolk and pangrattato, fried sourdough with paprika butter, baba ganouj, jerk beans, and olives.

Wines will also rotate regularly, and Ngeringa, Ministry of Clouds, The Other Wine Co and Hills Collide will all be on pour this weekend.

 

It was Caitlin and Nathaniel’s intention to launch Sibling with an alcohol licence, allowing the café to operate as a function space in collaboration with Ensemble, but being located in a residential zone meant they were barred from having a licence for at least the first year of trade.

While Sibling’s current format has proved a resounding success – CityMag visits at midday on the ANZAC Day public holiday and the café barely has a seat spare – it soon became clear the business would need an additional stream of income.

“For us, it’s how do you expand on this model?” Caitlin says.

“We can’t add anymore seats because of red tape, we can’t use the back space because of red tape, we can’t expand the kitchen, so what can we do?

“The logical step was introducing alcohol, but do it in a way that’s tasteful and doesn’t impede on the great café vibe that we’ve managed to cultivate.”

After working through the licence application process for the last five months, Caitlin has worked with council to achieve a provisional (meaning temporarily restricted) small venue licence.

This has allowed Sibling to serve alcohol alongside its usual café fare throughout the week, and on Friday and Saturday evenings – from 3pm ‘til 6pm – with the newly designed night menu. From 3pm, alcohol service is limited to inside the café, but Caitlin hopes that in time the licence will evolve to allow them to serve drinks outside, and to trade longer into the evening.

“I hope that we can get some momentum and use that to increase things in the future,” Caitlin says.

Wine and spirits on shelf and at the ready

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