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New Store Espresso is quickly at home in Leichhardt

Since the Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Living ranked Store Espresso’s bacon and egg roll number one in Sydney last year, streams of hungry customers have flocked to the flagship Camperdown café.

The roll – featuring quality sourdough topped with organic bacon, free-range egg and hand made aioli and chutney – is also popular at its new second store in Leichhardt.

“The write-up attracted lots of people from all over Sydney and it continues to draw new customers today,” said owner Tony Galletta. “The good thing is that they’ve also enjoyed other things on our menu and we’ve stayed really busy.”

Tony has an extensive background in hospitality, having owned and managed a number of cafés and restaurants over the years. He established Store Espresso in Camperdown two years ago and opened the second store in Leichhardt in June.

“Our goal is to provide a welcoming place where the local community can gather and enjoy quality food and drinks,” he said. “We’ve got great staff and we focus on fresh, organic produce, doing everything we can to give our customers a fantastic experience.”

The designer who assisted with the fitout of the new café introduced Tony to Caféideas.

“We went along to the showroom and it was great to be able to see everything we planned to use firsthand,” said Tony. “Caroline from Caféideas could not have been more helpful, and they offered great products at really competitive prices.”

Amongst the chairs selected for Store Espresso was the Tolix white metal chair.

“No-one else could meet Caféideas’ price on the Tolix chairs as well as the other equipment and furniture we purchased,” said Tony. “I was very pleased to have been introduced to them, particularly as we had a large amount of items to buy.”

Tony’s purchases from Caféideas included table bases, table tops, a grill, toaster, under counter fridge and freezer.

“Caroline was able to guide us in our choice of wooden table tops so we could match the colour of the timber used in the counter,” he said. “It was good to have her advice as the type of timber she recommended will be more durable over the long term.”

Despite having only been open a few weeks, Store Espresso in Leichhardt looks and feels very established in the neighbourhood with plenty of people enjoying the sunnyseating at the front and the courtyard area at the back. Its interior combines a rustic, urban feel with plenty of quirky, nostalgic elements sourced by Tony at various antique and second hand shops.

“I really enjoy the creativity involved in building a new business,” said Tony. “I think it’s important to make it a fun place for our customers as well as our staff to spend time in.”

Store Espresso is open Monday to Saturday from 7am to 5pm, and on Sundays from 7.30am to 5pm. It serves a range of refreshments including Euro Blend coffee roasted locally in Annandale and an extensive menu of all day breakfast and light meals. Store Espresso is located at 132 Marion Street, Leichhardt.