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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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Public Bar – Revisited

by The Editor

Back in November, we were excited by the removal of the large hoardings that kept the new Public Bar obscured from prying eyes.  On one of the most prominent sites on the Southside, it was always going to set hopes high.  We liked it, but felt overcharged by a venue effetively facing a service station.

Having been informed prices had been lowered and the menu revised, it was certainly worth another visit.  On a cloudy mid-April day we returned, tempted by the idea of a pie.

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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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Rumours: Kennedy Street Kingston

by The Editor

04 April – Update:
Following the move of The Book Grocer into the old Bellissima site (and a fine new venue it is) movement on the corner is picking up pace.

Horizon Real Estate (which occupied the corner site) has also gone, so all three leases – including Kingston Florist – are vacant, and yesterday the tradies moved in.

So, what’s in store for Kennedy Street? A Belluci’s? A Cream? The most pressing rumour concerns a venue similar to Urban Pantry on The Greens in Manuka.

If you’ve got a better idea, through it in the comments.

13 March 2012 – Update: It looks as though Soc & company have secured the site of The Book Grocer, with signs advertising a Moving Sale appearing over the weekend. In other news, Saffronis almost ready to go. There are tables, chairs, boxes of glassware and a sign out the front advertising Saffron Restaurant (just in case you thought it may be a bowling alley).

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31 January 2012 –Well, the rejuvenation of Kennedy St on the south side of the Kingston shops continues unabated. The opening two years ago of The Kennedy Room provided a spark following the slow slide towards closure of B Bar and Lot 33. With their demise, the disappearance of Ganter’s Fabric Salon down near Portia’s, and the closure of the Kingston Butchery, a number of vacant sites appeared on the strip. What should the locals expect?

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