It’s not easy to run a busy downtown cafe with lines out the door. It’s harder still to do that and create a sense of community with your regulars. But owners David and Manja have managed to do just that at Bostons Espresso in Wollongong.
Positioned among the office towers in Wollongong CBD, the morning rush at Bostons is flat out. But despite the busyness, almost everyone seems to be on a first name basis. David explains “they come every day, and we get to know them by name, we know what they drink, we ask them how their holiday went, they ask how the kids are. It’s genuine, it’s not just I’m asking you because you’re a customer…it’s a relationship”
With a passion for service like that, I guess it’s no surprise to find that David has hospitality in his veins. After completing his studies in hospitality, David left his hometown of Nice in the South of France to pursue a career in 5-star hotels. From managing restaurants in Chicago, to working as a butler on Bora Bora, David finally ended up in Sydney where he met Manja.
After starting a family together, they made the move to Wollongong. By now, with a 3-year old son and more on the way, it became clear that a career change was needed. David recalls “at the time, I was looking for another job because I was working in restaurants and we were expecting twins. So I didn’t want to be working nights.”
By now they had become regular customers at Bostons, and had got to know the owner, Kylie (who went on to open Milk & Co in Yallah). The opportunity to buy the business took them by surprise “We got to know each other a little bit, and it came up in conversation.” says David. As they considered what was to about to become a life changing moment, they came to realise that the time had come to take the leap – “It felt right & we knew it had a lot of potential” explains David.
While they have had their share of struggles since taking over 2 years ago, business has grown and customers are loving not only the service, but also the focus on fresh, delicious produce.
To suit the busy office clientele, the focus at Bostons is on fresh, whole foods made fast. “Everything on the display is made in the morning before we open the door.” says David. The food display is packed with beautiful fresh sandwiches while the fresh pastries are a nod to David’s French upbringing.
It’s not all grab & go, if you’ve got the time for something more substantial, you won’t be disappointed. For example, their slow cooked lamb is a lunch favourite. As a salad, it comes paired with sweet corn, brown rice & feta – It’s rich with delicious homemade flavour.
For breakfast, the classic poached eggs on sourdough is lifted by the big, punchy flavours of the house-made tomato chutney.
The attention to thoughtful produce extends to their choice of coffee. The house blend is our Fair Trade & Organic certified Botanica Coffee – sweet & creamy, with hints of hazelnut & citrus.
So, pop in, grab something delicious and before you know it – you’ll feel like you’re part of the family.
11-15 Atchison Street
Wollongong, New South Wales
Mon-Fri: 7am – 4pm