The team behind one of Sydney’s leading cafes is calling it a day. The owners of Edition – which opened in 2014 and led the city’s specialty-coffee scene – will shut their corner venue early next month. “On October 7th we will be closing the doors on our Darlinghurst store as we pave way for the next chapter of Edition,” the cafe said on Instagram.
When asked by Broadsheet why, co-founder Daniel Jackson said, “[For] many reasons, but the biggest one is growth of the brand. With the lease coming up for renewal soon, it was the right time. Also, [it’s] good timing with Darling Square’s recent opening.”
Edition Darlinghurst has been impressing diners with its pretty, Nordic-Japanese food and house-roasted coffee since opening. Fans include influential Danish chef Rene Redzepi, who said when he was based in Sydney for his Noma pop-up that it was his favourite place for coffee. He is joined by a long list of locals impressed by how Edition innovatively brought a high-end-restaurant approach to cafe food, and melded two cultures together to create dishes unlike any others in the city.
Over the years that may have included wild boar meatballs with lingonberry and potato; smorrebrod of sake-cured beef, pickles, seaweed and blackberry; or matcha hot cakes with passionfruit and preserved plum.
And then there’s the miso and dark chocolate cookie, which has a following. “There are people who get grumpy if they don’t get them. Some people pre-order them,” Jackson told us a while back.
Jackson says the team will continue to operate until October 7, but the kitchen will shut on September 30. When Broadsheet asked if he’s saddened by the news, Jackson was quick to say, “Of course, it’s where Edition started. It won best cafe even though in the beginning people didn’t get [that] cafes could be different. It’s where we met Rene Redzepi and became mates with him. It’s where people fell in love with a brand that was completely different,” he says. “But it’s also a good time to move on to bigger and better things.”
A second Edition opened earlier this year: a striking store in Steam Mill Lane in Haymarket, which is where the team will now direct all its attention. While the Darlinghurst corner venue is bright, light and airy, this 60-seater flagship was based on the design of a Japanese-style farmhouse, so it has a lot of black, dark wood, stone and exposed timber beams.
Jackson says there are “many” plans for the future but remains tight-lipped. Until then he invites fans to stop by before it shuts. “It’s a sad thing, but it’s also a good thing,” he says. “It’s all about growing a strong happy experience for everyone ... Darlinghurst will always be where it began, and will always hold a place in all our hearts.”
Edition Darlinghurst is slated to shut on October 7.