Art & Design

The Time Has Finally Come… Moto Is Now Open!

By Claire Plush - 24 Aug 2016

We’re pretty freakin’ excited to let you in on some big news!

Noosa Junction’s latest addition, the one we’ve all been patiently waiting for, has finally opened its doors. Guys, it’s time you officially met Moto!

This epic motorcycle showroom slash café slash bar, is now dishing up the goods for all your eating, drinking, and café racer needs, seven days a week. And, just quietly, it’s even cooler than we were expecting (which was preeeety cool, FYI) when we first shared the news of its impending arrival back in July.

After months of grit, the folk steering the handlebars of Moto, Kristy Weller and Dave Cruces, along with a team of awesome helpers, have unveiled one of the most innovative spaces we’ve seen on the Sunshine Coast in a long time. To think it was just a rundown rental car yard a few months ago makes us feel exhausted, and we didn’t even lift a finger. #wesaluteyou

It’s difficult to describe what makes Moto, well, Moto, but Metropolist dropped in earlier this week to witness the place in all its glory, so we could at least attempt to give you lot a rundown. You ready?

In a refreshingly open space with only a few walls, sits a shipping container cleverly converted into a bar (espresso AND booze). And no, it’s not like others you’ve seen across the Coast—Moto’s got its own thing going on. With a stunning ply benchtop and huge windows running the length of the container, pulling up a stool here to sip on a Clandestino coffee (made specifically for Moto) under the soft glow of a pendant light is our kinda idea of a morning well spent.

With the whole motorcycle slant on Moto, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it’d have a rustic/garage kinda feel, but the reality is far from it. This place is refined. Details matter, and it shows.

The shipping container overlooks the café, where a smattering of tables and metal chairs share the floor with a selection of motorcycles. Feeling more like an interactive gallery/café where you could end up chatting with your table neighbour about the bike nearby, we reckon Moto has done a stellar job of not making people (AKA us) feel like it’s a place for bike aficionados only. In short, this is a place we’d feel pretty good about taking grandma too!

At the back of the café, there’s another smaller showroom and sitting pretty in the middle is a single Sol Invictus bike. This baby is an entry-level motorcycle that can be bought as is and rode outta the showroom, but where Moto really shines is in its offerings of bike customisation. You want different handlebars? They got ‘em. Prefer the matte black engine to be painted bright green? Moto has a spray-painter at their fingertips.

Which brings us to the workshop. While not completed yet, eventually, Moto will have a workshop where people can bring in their bikes and tinker, surrounded by like-minded people. Bringing together a wealth of moto knowledge in the one space, we’ve no doubt there’s going to be a backlog of dudes and dudettes wanting to get in.

But let’s get back to what’s happening right NOW, because #thepresent. So, the café and showroom are officially open for brekkie and lunch. We sampled the menus, and the best verdict we could come up with, without rattling on for another five minutes, is—wow. Just wow.

We sampled the menus, and the best verdict we could come up with, without rattling on for another five minutes, is—wow. Just wow.

The major players are… wait for it… jaffles. And oh lawd, they are so mouth-wateringly delicious that our Moto experience has quite possibly ruined every other future jaffle encounter we might have elsewhere. Two of our fave combos are the Breakfast Toastie—prosciutto, Maleny Vintage Cheddar, mozzarella, smoked tomato, and pesto; and the 3 Cheese Toastie—mozzarella, Maleny Smoked Cheddar, Woombye Triple Cream Brie, and caramelised onion. If you haven’t gone for a walk down nostalgic lane in a while, order one of these, and you’ll get all “remember when…” with the first bite. Using local ingredients in all their dishes, kitchen whizz Kristy has created a succinct food hitlist that we so badly want to eat our way through.

Yeah, yeah, we know what you’re thinking… “didn’t you say this was a bar?” Well, yes friend, we did! Moto is still awaiting their liquor licence, but with high hopes it’ll come through before this weekend rolls around, we want to stir the pot a little and get you excited for what’s to come.

Staying open ‘til about 10pm, Moto will introduce a dinner menu (think: jaffle share plates and Mexican bowls) to their bow, as well as a killer drinks list. Pouring from the taps will be local craft beers from our friends at Your Mates, 10 Toes, and Brouhaha Brewery. To compliment the low-lit, ambience-plus space, these guys are going to get serious about two spirits only—gin and rum. Yep, look to their bar shelves and you won’t find any whisky, or vodka, or any other non-gin or non-rum spirit. No siree. It’s all about zee Australian gin and zee Australian rum. Don’t worry though, with options like finger-lime gin up for the sipping, there’s no chance you’re going to get bored.

Phew! If it’s not already blatantly obvious, we could go on and on and on about this place, and the people behind it (because they’re so dang cool), but we’re gonna stop there. You, on the other hand, should keep moving until you find your tush on one of Moto’s chairs—tell ‘em we sent you!

Where: 66 Noosa Drive, Noosa Junction
Opening hours: 6.30am to 3pm (liquor licence coming soon!)

Image Credits: Claire Plush

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