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Saturday Night Dining at Gryphons Caffe

by The Editor

We first visited Gryphons Caffe in Griffith shortly after opening.  Back then it had all the confidence and coordination of a new born foal.  Now, almost five months after throwing open the doors, how would Gryphons treat us on a Saturday night?

The clever bit

Firstly, Gryphons has managed to install something not a single hospitality venue has managed in this town:  an air-locked front door.  In a week where the average overnight temperature averaged -5C, the airlock – while initially installed to prevent noise escaping – does a wonderful job of shielding punters from the cold night air.

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Lightning Review: Gryphons Caffe – Griffith Shops

by The Editor

Well this one certainly snuck up on us… while having a sneaky look at Duxton in O’Connor shops, Gryphons Caffe flung its doors open to Southside pubgoers with little fanfare.  Finally, Griffith shops has its own pub.

We made our way from a lazy (though deeply satisfying) breakfast at Edgar’s in Ainslie – but more about that at a later time.  Out the front of Gryphons Caffe (don’t get uptight about punctuation or spelling – we’ve been through this before) we were delighted to discover a blackboard proclaiming it had indeed opened on the 23rd.

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All Bar Nun: Duxton: The Nun

by The Editor

Update:  Duxton will be open today (Friday 24 February) from 2pm.  The plan is to get the beer pumping before entertaining a pre-Brumbies crowd.

You’ll get to enjoy that ‘new pub’ smell, with all the existing woodwork receiving a tidy up and new coat of varnish.  A semi industrial feel not dissimilar to Tongue and Groove pervades, with  metal pendant lighting over the front bar, while in the back bar chesterfield couches are matched with heavy wooden benches.  The back area is decorated with shades of grey and green, and hanging potplants have the potential to create an inside/outside feel in a similar vein to Public in Manuka.

Back in the front bar, a large 1920s-style graphic of a geezer riding a beer barrel dominates the large wall opposite the entry.  You can expect around ten beers on tap, with Matilda Bay’s Dirty Granny the cider of choice on draught.

There’s an upstairs area coming some time in the future, and rumours exist of a complete revamp of the space sometime later this year.  Three weeks is a very short period to give such a large space a makeover, but it looks as though time has been well spent.

Don’t expect anything radical for now – This looks like a same-same-but-different enterprise for now.  Rather than a new direction for Inner-North socialising,  Duxton might be more like meeting an old friend who’s grown a moustache.


Recently we reported on the movements of the Kenny brothers regarding the new ‘Gryphons Caffe’ in Griffith, it’s worth providing an update on O’Connor shops as we head back to where it all began.

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What’s Happening In Griffith? Gryphons Caffe Bar

by The Editor

As reported by The Canberra Times, brothers Dan and Drew Kenny (along with their third amigo Mark Whithear) are on the verge of replacing the recently closed All Bar Nun with a new venue in the leafy streets of Griffith. Those who’ve followed All Bar Nun for some time now will be intrigued to see what the boys have in store.

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