There’s a hot new cafe in town! Walter Providore is the newest venture for the clever people behind the North Shore’s most popular bakery chain Pottery Green, so expect great coffee, a stunning fit-out and scrumptious food!
Many will know of the popular Pottery Green eateries at Lane Cove, Gordon and Turramurra. If not, think of a next-level bakery that’s become a queue-out-the-door dining destination for lovers of a beautiful cafe interior and a divine menu. Now they’ve arrived in Castlecrag with their next exciting venture – Walter Providore.
“It has been super busy getting over the line with the opening of Walter Providore and we are delighted to start serving the Castlecrag community,” says owner Aimy. “We love the natural relaxed feeling of the suburb of Castlecrag and we fell in love with the little strip where we are currently located at ‘The Griffin Centre’ Shop 2, 122-126 Edinburgh Road, Castlecrag.”
Walter Providore has taken up residency where the popular Italian restaurant Cento22 used to be. It’s a great position and the design brief behind the new venue, according to Aimy “was ‘to have a conversation with our customers’, so you will notice the open feel and interaction between the baristas and customers, and the staff making the rice paper rolls and gourmet filled baguettes… and even the baking is on display!”
It’s a bold move going out under a new name when the ‘Pottery Green’ moniker is already so well-known and loved, but Aimy says it’s a nod to the local area and a nod to themselves as a business that is growing and evolving from their bakery beginnings.
“Walter Providore represents at its very heart one of our core business values- a family business to serve the local community. Its name is a nod to Sir Walter Burley Griffin, who together with his wife, are key figures to the suburb of Castlecrag,” she says. “Just like Pottery Green Bakers borrows from the lush Pottery Green that can be seen behind our store in Lane Cove.”
“A new business name also sets the tone for our vision for the future and the evolution of our business- we started out as a humble bakery serving coffee… but the business has grown into so much more than that.”
“During Covid, we really reflected upon the needs of our customers and started providing quick and easy meals for sale. These reflections came to me as I was both working and homeschooling three children. We felt the pace of life was busy and as community businesses we always want to provide what suits all of our customers… whether it was something quick and easy or a dine-in experience. Walter Providore will be just that- a local ‘provider’.”
With queues out the door for their opening weekend already, it seems Walter is set to be just as successful as it’s sibling eateries. Breakfast is an all-day offering, with menu items that include: a ham and three cheese croissant, the Walter Brioche with bacon, fried egg, rocket, tasty cheese and homemade relish on a fresh baked brioche, a Petit Breakfast Baguette with choice of fillings, the Smashing Avocado, a Bright Start Board with fresh fruit, yogurt and muesli, Crunchy French Toast, the Breakfast Stack, Corn Fritters and Baked Eggs.
For lunch, there’s fresh in-house made baguettes with a choice of fillings, Rice Paper Rolls, bao buns, salads, burgers and Vietnamese Pho Noodle Soups.
Drinks include milkshakes, smoothies, Yuzu Iced Tea, berry crush and fresh juices. As expected, they take their coffee very seriously as well.
“Currently, we are serving a fantastic cup of coffee in partnership with Toby’s Estate Coffee, who we have had a successful business partnership with for 12 years,” says Aimy. “Whilst we started as bakers, our coffee game is currently on fire. We invest heavily in the training and culture of our in-house barista program.”
As for plans for further expansion, Aimy says they threw everything they had into Walter Providore. “The Castlecrag project blew out of budget and time projections by quite a bit so whilst we would love to expand… we would like to focus on getting the offering just right for the Castlecrag community first.”