mixed business

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I do think a crocheted doily on a lovely hardwood timber table is a good omen for a cafe.

Mixed Business is on Queens Parade, right at the end of Hoddle Street on the border of North Fitzroy, Clifton Hill and Northcote.  It is a place I pass all the time, but I am often driving and it is a bit awkward to park near – you sort of have to deliberately go there.

And last Saturday I did, after going to an auction on McKean Street around the corner.

Elise and I popped in for a coffee and quick lunch.   It was packed inside and out the front, and pretty busy out the back too – we got the last inside table which was excellent as you may recall it was a pretty chilly day.

In terms of food this cafe offers nice daytime stuff.  They have all-day breakfast options (which I would have had if Clive hadn’t already cooked poached eggs for breakfast), lunch includes interesting sandwiches and rolls and there are also a couple of specials for the winter months including a soup. Elise and I both had rolls – mine with crumbed chicken and spicy coleslaw and Elise had the meatballs.  They were great!

And I loved the decor.   Lots of lovely recycled stuff .  I really liked the lightbox on the wall. I can’s say I have noticed one like this anywhere else before (I’ll probably see them all the time now, or maybe not …).  Anyway, it looked super.

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And there were recycled timber shelves and benches in the service area, with wire baskets and jars and tins etc. as decoration.  And I noticed a little wooden box on the bench underneath that is a bit like the velveeta wooden box I picked up the other week.  I wonder what they use it for?

And look at those metal canisters mounted on the wall.  I’d love some of those at home … I am already dreaming of how sorted and organised my life could be with something like that in my kitchen!

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There is a fun vintage sign that dominates the dining area.

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Outside there is a cheery wheelbarrow of geraniums to brighten up any trip to the toilet and they have a super set of recycled industrial green chairs for outdoor dining with terracotta pots and more geraniums as decoration.

And a pile of crocheted blankets (I forgot to take a photo) – I guess they are for if you get chilly when you are sitting outside.  How lovely!  And some cheery fresh flowers in little jars on some of the tables – maybe they come from the florist next door?  And the food came quickly.

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Mixed business is fun, interesting, thoughtful, considerate and friendly. What more could you want from a lunchtime cafe?

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