Monday's Coffee Store has taken over the old Minestra site in Prospect, creating the brand's largest café offering since it closed its Gawler Place store last year.
Monday’s Coffee opens new store in Prospect
Grenfell Street coffee store Monday’s has opened a new frontage on Churchill Road in Prospect, at the former Minestra tenancy.
This is the first full-scale café the brand has operated since it closed its Gawler Place shop at the end of September last year.
Monday’s in Prospect offers all the usual espresso and filter coffee options, pouring seasonal varieties roasted at Monday’s Brompton roastery, and will also offer pour-over brews.
“[It’s] something we have always wanted to offer but never had the space or time to,” founder Jarrad Sharrock says.
The shop comes with a large kitchen, from which chef Cavin Robbins is executing a short, nine-item breakfast and lunch menu, designed in collaboration with Jarrad.
“My background is mixed-race Aboriginal Australian; I wanted the menu to be the same. The modern ‘Australian’ fare with a little native blood,” Jarrad says.
“It was clear [Cavin] knew exactly what I was trying to create and shared my passion for native ingredients and simple fare.”
There are some throwback dishes on the list, such as the grilled cheese sandwich (above) – a crowd favourite from the Gawler Place store.
The Babka French Toast, with mascarpone and fresh fruit (below), makes use of cult baker Soiboii’s babka.
The café’s pastry selection comes from new bakery operation Prove, run by Megan Bowditch and Recco O’Connor (of Soiboii).
“Prove is a brand-new pastry supplier who you will see popping up more and more if I have anything to say about it,” Jarrad laughs.
“Megan is a perfectionist.”
Jarrad says the first day at the new site was a pleasant introduction of the Monday’s brand into the Prospect neighbourhood.
“[We had] locals wandering in, excited to revisit their old favourite spot with some new faces, and new fit out,” he says.
Jarrad is familiar with the Prospect area, having grown up in the northern suburbs and his father, a preacher, also operated out of the Rechabite Hall on the corner of Prospect Road and Albert Street.
“Coming back here is somewhat of a religious experience, full circle personally and completely new as a business,” Jarrad says.
Taking over the Minestra site was something of a pipe-dream for Jarrad.
“Since I started exploring the cafe scene in Adelaide upon returning from interstate, Minestra always stood out to me,” he says.
“Its uniquely familiar feel, its slightly off tempo energy and most of all its mid-century corner store feel all made me think, ‘If i ever get the chance, I want to create a space here.’”
The Monday’s fit out has maintained the homely feeling of the space, but with the added contemporary café polish Monday’s is known for.
Monday’s Prospect is open seven days a week, 7am ‘til 3pm Monday to Friday and 8am ‘til 4pm weekends.