Sydneys The Rocks welcomes Kansas City Shuffle caf [gallery]

15 October, 2015 by
Danielle Bowling

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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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