Firstly, folks, you can stop crying into your breakfast panna cotta. Elk Espresso, one of the Coast’s much-loved and longest standing cafes is not closing down. Nuh-uh! They’re just moving a few blocks and, today, we can tell you where.
Setting up shop in an adorbs building overlooking Broadbeach Park soccer fields for the past 6.5 years, Andrew Whiting and the Elk team have always known a move would one day be on the cards. The hand of progress is finally on their back, with their cafe home soon to be demolished to make way for a 27-storey residential apartment. Boo, right?!
Elk Espresso is a local institution, with a popularity that has seen it literally bursting at the seams, with a waitlist a mile long most weekends. While they’re sad to farewell their original base, they’ve outgrown the space and see this next chapter as an opportunity to evolve and grow into a new and larger home.
Having always welcomed a lovely mix of locals and visitors, it was important for Elk to stay close to Broadbeach. Hunting high and low for a suitable site, when owner Andrew first inspected the potential new venue, he got that instant tangible feeling it was ‘the one’.
Yep, Elk is finally gaining the ocean views and sandy-footed stroll from the sand posi it always dreamed about, not to mention a location with plenty of on street and underground parking nearby (hurrah). It’s a space where they can recreate their signature styling and vibes, together with some exciting new design elements.
But, WHERE, you cry!
Elk has just taken possession of the final vacant lease in the Oasis Shopping Centre’s bustling new foodie hub—a primo beach-facing tenancy fronting Pratten Park and Kurrawa Surf Club on Old Burleigh Road. You know the spot, riiiight?
Every local family with ankle biters will be familiar with the mega playground across the road, and soon they’ll be literally steps away from some of the best coffee in town. Elk even has plans to install a second coffee machine to keep up with the pumping demand from both in-house and takeaway customers. Better yet, they’ll be opening public holidays and might even be spotted on UberEATS down the track.
Even more exciting, with a larger, custom-designed kitchen, Elk’s head chef will have ample scope to get creative, with expanded offerings on their ever-changing seasonal menu and, get this, with a new license for boozy refreshments, capacity for evening events and soirees—including Elk weddings! Hands up who’s getting married in 2018?!
All things going to plan, Elk Espresso 2.0 will open the doors for their loyal customers and new friends by early December, just in time for the holiday rush. They’re promising to lay the foundations for the next 10 years of Elk, and one thing that’s an integral part of that story, is you.
What: Elk Espresso 2.0
Where: Beachfront, Oasis Shopping Centre, Old Burleigh Road
When: Opening early December
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Image credit: Hayley Williamson for The Urban List