Opening on the 7th June, Project281 is a large-scale warehouse cafe and coffee roaster newly opened in Brunswick.
The space has been designed by multi-award winning architectural firm “Splinter Society” and is aimed at being a naturally lit abandoned warehouse/indoor garden. But not is all as it seems, there have been a lot of efforts to make this cafe as eco-friendly as possible.
Solar Initiative – Project281 has installed a 30kw solar system to assist in offsetting our environmental impact. Biopak – All disposable packaging. Beverage vessels and even straws are Biopak brand and are biodegradable! Huskee Cup – “HuskeeCup is a reusable, recyclable cup made from discarded coffee husk” Indoor Herb Garden – created in an effort to supply fresh produce for in-house food and teas. “Who Gives a Crap” toilet paper – A forward-thinking toilet paper supplier made with environmentally friendly materials, and they donate 50% of profits to help build toilets for those in need. Founder Coffee Co. – Brunswick’s exciting new ethically-minded coffee roastery.
Project281 owners are Connell McGrath and Sargon Michael (previous owners of The Glass Den in Coburg). Sargon comes from a long line of cafes. Most recently, The Glass Den in Coburg and Cheshire in Preston, both of which have been sold. Currently, Sargon and his spouse Marie own a cafe in North Fitzroy called Mary Miller. Connell and Sargon hey felt that it was important to continue the vegan options as they have done previously. Most importantly they want everyone to feel welcome and cared for at Project281.
Head Chef Lachlan Timms, the Ex-Head Chef at Matcha Mylkbar, is very knowledgeable in both the Japanese and vegan cuisines. And is the creator of the Vegan Egg (which is now a trademark at Matcha Mylkbar).
Project281’s menu is a Japanese, Korean fusion menu. Half of which is vegan or can be made vegan. They are striving to keep as many dietary requirements and diners of different preferences happy. They pride themselves on being different and yet maintaining certain familiarities with their visitors. Project281 is also a share plate venue where diners can order small plates alongside their mains to experience a wider variety of flavours and potentially heighten the social aspect of their visit.
The most popular vegan items on the Project281 menu are the VKFC Burger (we get a lot of non-vegans ordering this too!) The Vegan option of the Salmon Poke “Vegan Poke” and the very healthy Bibimbap, which has a type of vegan ‘egg yolk’ gastrique sphere filled with orange flavours.
The small plates are becoming very popular too and almost 90% of them are available vegan.
The most popular amongst the customers are the house made kimchi, the house picked vegetables “Tsukemono”, the Mushrooms “Kinoko” and the Greens
Drinks & Coffee
The coffee is roasted in-house. Currently Anne Cooper is fronting the business as “Founder Coffee Co.” Plus a pour over option from “Women in Coffee”.
A selection of tea’s is also on offer as well as juices and smoothies.