A new cafe has surfaced on the main street of a fabulous country inland town of Yarrawonga which is situated on the Murray River, North East on the border of Victoria and New South Wales.
Back in July 2015 owners Jarrod Elliott together with his partner Tammie found the space they were after to create the cafe of their dreams, which is now a reality and is called Hardluck Coffee Co.
The couple did an amazing transformation in just six weeks staying up to 2am the night before opening to ensure that everything was complete and ready for the first customers.
“We started with a totally gutted shop front even down to needing to pour a new concrete slab floor before opening.” Jarrod | Owner of Hardluck Coffee Co.
They salvaged all the furniture, finding what they could, making their own tables from pallets and funding a unique collection of chairs. A nice touch is how they use souvenir spoons for your sugar!
“People love talking about which souvenir spoon they get given….it’s had a far larger reaction that what we anticipated.” Tammie | Owner of Hardluck Coffee Co.
The space now, is inviting, friendly and has a great industrial yet homely vibe. Depending on your mood and needs, there is a communal table outside to enjoy those glorious summer country days, or benches right up front.
“We have a large timber bi-fold window at the front of the shop, that serves as a way of "bringing the outside in" and maximising natural sunlight.” Jarrod | Owner of Hardluck Coffee Co.
When asked about the name they said “We came up with the name Hardluck Coffee Co through our love of old school tattoo designs and wanting something a little quirky and mysterious.”
If you’re after a relaxing chat with friends or family, head down to the back of the shop for a seat on the comfy couch, some arm chairs and coffee tables full of great magazines or even a few random novels to away some lazy hours whilst you tuck into a great coffee and cake.
“We wanted to create a light and inviting space and went about trying to achieve this by making the most of our natural light even converting a unused door into a large window to maximum this.” Jarrod | Owner of Hardluck Coffee Co.
The side of a shop has a convenient little space between it and the next shop, which allowed Jarrod and Tammie to maximise the space by using large windows. The back of the shop is in the more traditional art deco style and they have retained the double sash windows and fireplace making you feel like you’re sitting in Nan’s lounge room down there!
Numerous natural materials like timber, copper, concrete and indoor plants have been used throughout the renovation to give the environment that unpretentious feel which for a country cafe is essential. Customers are either locals or holiday makers, so they are chilled and relaxed and want to feel they can be like that when they go for their coffee and bite to eat.
“I think the overall look of our shop is quite important to set the right tone, we want people to feel relaxed and comfortable. Our second hand chairs are paired with recycled pallet wood cafe tables, and have also used copper piping, caged hanging lights and pressed tin to give the fit out that older feel, and also fits well with our distressed brick feature wall.” Jarrod | Owner of Hardluck Coffee Co.
Jarrod and Tammie make great coffee and have a selection of delicious and easy to grab and go lunch options.
Get the look:
If you are visiting or live near Yarrawonga, pop in and see Jarrod and Tammie at Hardluck Coffee Co at 123 Belmore Street, Yarrawonga.
House of Home would like to thank Jarrod and Tammie for sharing Hardluck Coffee Co and your time with us.