Pakington Street’s rise to become the cultural centre of Geelong has been widely celebrated, however there’s a dark side to that story as well. For years, many of the beautiful corner shops dotted along Pakington Street’s periphery have been overshadowed and left unviable.
The heritage listed ‘utchers’ (Butcher) in Skene Street Newtown was one such building that’s languished for years however 7 weeks into it’s new life as Blue Door Espresso Geelong, it would seem that change is in the air.
Malcolm Gage is the chief barista and all-round champion in charge of a small team that’s leading the change. Focused on brewing perfect Seven Seeds specialty coffee and serving flavour-packed dishes, the boutique cafe might just be on to something.
“We did wonder if people would venture this far from the main strip but this was always going to be the location because the owners, Steve & John, had already fallen for the charm of the building. They went with their gut and focused on quality and creating something unique that honoured the building’s origins.”
Their gut feeling was right on the money. Blue Door Espresso Geelong is attracting a crowd. It’s packed out with people that have ‘travelled’ that extra few hundred metres from Pakington Street as well as many of the older locals that have fond memories of the building in it’s heyday.
“We’ve been stunned by the response of the local residents who love that the old Butcher has been returned to it’s former glory. One lady came in and said she thinks she might know the whereabouts of the ‘B’ from the Butcher sign out front. She believes it might be in one of her family’s old wool sheds” Gage explained.
Blue Door Espresso Geelong is located on Skene Street in Newtown. Scroll past the photos for rating and contact details.
Rating for Blue Door Espresso Geelong
|Atmosphere:||Clean, cosy, heritage|
|Kid/Pram Friendly:||Small space but enough room to move|
|Table/chair height ratio for working from a laptop:||Great|
Contact Details for Blue Door Espresso Geelong
|Address:||2A/105 Skene St, Newtown VIC 3220, Australia|
|Online:||Website • Facebook|