Sydneys The Rocks welcomes Kansas City Shuffle caf [gallery]
Located in the old Cadbury Chocolate factory on Gloucester Street, Kansas City Shuffle (KCS) has opened, boasting a caf, a street-facing takeaway window and, in early 2016, a bar.
The business is the seventh venture for Ben Sweeten, who opened Joe Black caf in Surry Hills and was previously head barista at Proud Mary in Melbourne.
Head chef Kayne Papworth, ex-Proud Mary and Dr Morse, has designed a menu comprising a combination of ‘supefood dishes’ and twists on American diner-style favourites. The caf sources seasonal Australian produce and makes as much as it can in-house, including brioche rolls, flavoured butter and other condiments.
Menu items include fried chicken on a house-made donut bun with slaw, pickles and jalapeno aioli;; KCS beef brisket and waffles with smoked chilli butter and poached egg; and toasted pumpkin bread with avocado, whipped feta, heirloom tomato and toasted seeds.
Little City Window is KCS’s street-facing takeaway offering, where Sydneysiders can grab items such as chia pudding with fresh fruit, coconut and puffed grains; or nourishing gluten-free bowls with tofu, smoked chicken or salmon; as well as Single Origin coffee.
KCS’s interior was designed by Sweeten, with a mix of stone, wood and greenery, while Sweeten’s twin brother, Jimmy, created the furniture from recycled oak and a tiered light fitting.
The venue offers a wine list with a range of reds, whites, roses and sparkling wines, and early next year will open its bar, which will be available for private events.