Friday Frienday #19 - The Depot

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The Depot Collective Cafe is all about big flavour with a small footprint and at EcoCaddy we are all about Carbon Neutrality, which is one of the many reasons why this cafe ranks so highly in our books.

Brought to you by the creative mind that brought you Cafe Troppo, The Depot Collective Cafe is in a sun-drenched corner of the CBD that is rarely used - for now anyway. 

The Franklin Street / Morphett Street area is sleepy now, but in a few years it will be the hive of activity, as people move into the few new apartment blocks currently being built. 

If you're one of the lucky ones to be moving in, then The Depot Collective Cafe will be a great choice for you to visit for brunch or even meetings, as it is part of The Joinery, a great co-working meeting space!

It's not quite what Cafe Troppo is currently, and that's because owner Maddie Harris wanted to simplify the concept. 

"I've learnt a lot from Troppo and scaled back the process so we could keep ahead of the game. With Troppo, it grew so quickly we kept playing catch-up. The Depot is different and we're still ahead of the business, which is where we want to be."

It hasn't been all smooth sailing though, explains Harris; "Oh yeah the dishwasher has exploded, but at least we now know how to fix it next time" she laughs.

It might seem quiet when you visit, but it's anything but behind the scenes, with catering bringing in the majority of the business; "we have at least one big sized event that we'll be catering for each week and that could raise to three a week. On top of that we're delivering lunch around the place, so it's always busy!"

Another great factor about The Depot is the upcycling the team have done to fit the cafe out. "We ripped out a kitchen from an old Greek house and it's now the front bar and we love it."

Upcycling is not only practical, it gives the place character as Harris explains; "I can't stand IKEA furniture. It has no story and that's kind of sad. I think the IKEA fit out has been done to death." 

So, there's no IKEA here then, but there is great De Groot coffee and yummy lunch treats. Say g'day some time soon. 

Happy Friday Frienday The Depot Collective Cafe!