Maples Cafe opened last September. We chat with Sam – qualified chef, skilled barista and owner.
This shop is in the best location and I saw the area needed a cafe like this. Footscray is an up and coming area with lots of potential. It’s close to the city and has a good variety of shopping. It needed something that I was able to provide.
How did you come up with the concept for Maples Cafe?
I did some research on the building and discovered it used to house the Maples Furniture Warehouse from the 1910s to the 1960s. I wanted to embrace its rich past so I’ve used Maples as a theme in the name, design and menu. All the elements fit together perfectly.
How did you go about designing the cafe?
I employed an architect to design the interior and we came up with the warehouse look. I did the logo myself and had a friend do the signage.
What can you tell us about your menu?
My menu is new so I’m continually tweaking it. I only use fresh food and source my ingredients locally as much as possible.