In the late 19th century, the website at 35 Large Avenue was a general store – and the centre of everyday living in Burnside. Lockwood Standard, its new iteration, from the people behind Peter Rabbit and Bloom, leans into that record.
A significant “providore wall” around the entrance reimagines the basic retail store – there are cartons of milk, cans of anchovies, and dwelling-built jams, relishes and pasta sauce. You can even seize a loaf of bread to take absent the cafe receives day-to-day deliveries from Uraidla Bakery.
“This web page has normally been the hub of Burnside life, which is why we went with the basic store vibe,” co-owner and head chef Adam Robinson tells Broadsheet. “We have a good deal of locals that halt in and seize a seeded rye or a Turkish loaf with their morning coffee, and then pet dog stroll.
“We’re in a household spot. We want to be an asset, not a hindrance. It was type of having factors back again to the community degree, and reinvigorating … group spirit, generally.”
The new neighbourhood eatery – named soon after Joseph Lockwood, who built the retailer in 1860 – opened on the corner of Significant Avenue and Lockwood Street in March. Robinson (ex-West Oak Lodge) and co-house owners Jack Nelligan, James McIntyre and James Lambert (the latter 3 are included in Peter Rabbit and Bloom), worked on the inside structure them selves. It is stuffed with natural tones and a good deal of gentle, with huge windows overlooking one more historic building: the area’s original pub and blacksmith.
“That was 1 of the good reasons we fell in love with this location,” suggests Robinson. “We seriously required to honour its heritage – but also convey it into 2021.”
The modern day menu – divided into two sections: dishes made for one particular, and those people for sharing – speaks to that aim. The first group includes a pearl-sugar waffle with dark chocolate, cherry, coconut sorbet, sesame and pink salt heirloom tomatoes with black rice, snake bean, avocado, wasabi, yuzu and watercress and a fig walnut loaf with panela and cinnamon butter. Avocado (sliced, not smashed) sits atop a mattress of whipped feta on seeded rye, and is sprinkled with pepitas, contemporary environmentally friendly chilli, and black lime that’s dehydrated in-property. To share, there’s burrata with pickled apricot, sunflower seeds and lemon balm. And mushrooms with miso butter, rye and nasturtium.
A winter menu update is coming soon: Robinson teases a beef bulgogi burger, breakfast gnocchi, and buttered leeks.
And for a location that closes at 3pm every working day, the drinks checklist is reasonably substantial. A wine checklist is split into “progressive”, “conventional” and “old-university classic” choices (believe Koerner “Pigato” vermentino, a Samuels Gorge tempranillo and a Shaw & Smith M3 chardonnay). And there’s a choice of spirits, beers and cocktails. In nods to the spot, the latter involves a Significant St Higher Ball (gin, pickled apricot syrup, vanilla, lemon, soda and apricot dice sweet) and a Lockwood Mimosa (bubbles and cold-pressed, natural orange).
35 Large Avenue, Burnside
Mon to Fri 7am–3pm
Sat & Sunshine 8am–3pm