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two men behind coffee machine with menu in background Robbie, Lee and Fletcher set to move on from Cafe on Johnston

10 April 2013

Robbie lived at 45 Johnston Street and started working as the Chef at Cafe on Johnston five and a half years ago. The Cafe on Johnston has been in operation for about 15 years.

Keen to run his own business. Robbie bought the cafe with his business partner Lee a year later. When Robbie and Lee bought the business, there were just 4 Cafes in Annandale. Robbie now counts 12 excluding the two on Parramatta Road.

Robbie a Chef by training, brought kitchen experience from Sydney and Britain to his new enterprise. He trained barristers and established a level of hygiene and good food handling practices which were appreciated by his regular clientele.

man at coffee machine in cafeFewer customers, lower takings and the level of committment needed to run a cafe with six staff at the expense of any time with their families lead to a review of the initial 10-15 year plan for the cafe.

Robbie is heading back to his family's farm in southern New Zealand for a sabatical after which he would like to explore the corporate world and TAFE teaching a go - passing on some the secrets of running a good cafe, establishing good processes and even exiting a business.

12 April 2013

Lee plans to spend more time with his six month old son and perhaps apply his electronics background.

Lee and Robbie are handing over the keys to Cafe on Johnston, in the next day or so.

Thursday 18 April 2013: Robbie and Lee hand the coffee machine over and head off to the pub!

Self Guided Illustrated Historical Walks

Each book in this series is a self guided historical walk through Annandale. Each walk explores the people and construction of Annandale. Each book covers two decades of Annandales History a hundred years apart. The first book in the series, 1890s Annandale: A Short Walk, covers the 1790s and 1890s...more.

1890s Annandale A Short Walk second edition Marghanita da Cruz with line drawing of Church with steeple Federation Annandale A Short Walk Marghanita da Cruz Annandale's Great War: A Short Walk Second Edition by Marghanita da Cruz with Annandale Viaduct and Soldiers 1920s Annandale A Short Walk  Marghanita da Cruz with line drawing of 1920s Flats 1930s Annandale: A Short Walk by Marghanita da Cruz with line drawing of an Art Deco Pub 1940s Annandale A Short Walk  Marghanita da Cruz with photograph of street with aircraft being towed. 50s Annandale A Short Walk,  Marghanita da Cruz

This page last updated: 19 April 2013.