Just before the world turned upside down in March of this year, the Mount Lawley/Beaufort Street precinct was a big topic of conversation around Perth.
With many shops and bars shutting down even before COVID-19 added a host of extra pressures, many were bemoaning the death of the once buzzing strip.
As we continue to slowly emerge from the pandemic, it would appear Beaufort Street is working its way back to its bustling former glory.
A big part of that will be the newly redeveloped Alexander Buildings, its $4million upgrades almost finished just in time for the silly season.
One exciting new addition to the precinct will be SoHo Lane from the husband-and-wife duo behind popular CBD hole-in-the-wall Little SoHo on St Georges Terrace.
The sister venue opens this later month with two things on its mind – community connections and beautiful brunches.
“We saw potential in Mount Lawley. That side of Beaufort Street is in need of a neighbourhood cafe,” says co-owner Matt Miller. “We felt like it was the right time for the community to have somewhere comfortable to enjoy a good meal.”
After spending 12 years living and working in New York, Matt and wife Trindy fresh take on hospitality has already been a hit at Little SoHo, and they’re hoping to bring the same vibes to the top of Beaufort Street.
“We’ve always dreamed of serving great coffee and delicious food and providing incredible service in a beautiful space,” says co-owner Trindy. “To open the doors to the community and welcome everyone inside is very exciting.”
Along with their already-beloved blend of Micrology Coffee Roasters x SoHo coffee, their all-day brunch menu will encourage punters to pull and stay a while amidst the cafe’s airy surrounds.
Courtesy of Chef Benjamin (Mary Street Bakery, Hylin), expect New York-style dishes like Pickle brined fried chicken, mac’n’cheese, Japanese pancakes and felafel scotch eggs.
“We’re serving bright and colourful food. Simple dishes cooked perfectly with unexpected ingredients as the star,” says Trindy. “Our focus will always be on sustainable food and supporting local providers.”
The opening date is TBA, but SoHo Lane will be operating from 7am-3pm Monday-Sunday.