Centrepoint comes back to life with the Landmark Cafe

By 27 June, 2012 109

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Last year we were concerned that City Walk’s Centrepoint build was increasingly vacant.

Well it seems to be coming back to life. The Landmark Cafe putting a big service frontage onto City Walk has some real potential.

I particularly like the way the interior plays with relics of bygone ages like penny farthing bicycles and The Canberra Times.

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109 Responses to Centrepoint comes back to life with the Landmark Cafe
#1
ThatGuy11:48 am, 27 Jun 12

I like how they were handing out free coffees the other day.

#2
Holden Caulfield12:32 pm, 27 Jun 12

I noticed this on the weekend. It’s a good site for a cafe, I wish them well. They could probably do with some competition in neighbouring shops to help get people back from the shiny new North quarter.

#3
poetix12:35 pm, 27 Jun 12

Q: When will he tire of Canberra Times criticisms?
A: When eagles lay truffles.

And how did I miss a free coffee?

#4
rainmaker12:48 pm, 27 Jun 12

A small step in the right direction, but there are still a hell of a lot of shopfronts empty. How long has that old JB Hi-Fi been empty now, what, 3 or 4 years? Think of the missed rent that could have been received if they reduced their asking price, but instead the lessors refuse and they receive zero for years.

#5
jsm20901:43 pm, 27 Jun 12

Is the Apple store still going into the space in the bottom of the old AGL House? That should certainly revitalise the precinct.

#6
EvanJames2:26 pm, 27 Jun 12

Does the interior have any relics to the bygone Woolworths, that used to be there? I used to love watching the doughnut machine in the window, plopping doughnuts into the hot oil.

#7
XO_VSOP2:43 pm, 27 Jun 12

rainmaker said :

A small step in the right direction, but there are still a hell of a lot of shopfronts empty. How long has that old JB Hi-Fi been empty now, what, 3 or 4 years? Think of the missed rent that could have been received if they reduced their asking price, but instead the lessors refuse and they receive zero for years.

Its good to see see how they go! I am all for centre point revitalisation. Re JB Hi fi spot the building owners are still collecting rent from JB so probably the reason 10 year lease i think, rich get richer.

#8
nsn3:04 pm, 27 Jun 12

That signage is awful.

I refer to xkcd: “If you really hate someone, teach them to recognise bad kerning.”

http://xkcd.com/1015/

#9
dtc5:14 pm, 27 Jun 12

EvanJames said :

Does the interior have any relics to the bygone Woolworths, that used to be there? I used to love watching the doughnut machine in the window, plopping doughnuts into the hot oil.

I’m pretty sure Woolworths was on the other side, where ACTEW now is.

Then again, it was a long time ago.

#10
GardeningGirl5:32 pm, 27 Jun 12

Holden Caulfield said :

I noticed this on the weekend. It’s a good site for a cafe, I wish them well. They could probably do with some competition in neighbouring shops to help get people back from the shiny new North quarter.

+1

dtc said :

EvanJames said :

Does the interior have any relics to the bygone Woolworths, that used to be there? I used to love watching the doughnut machine in the window, plopping doughnuts into the hot oil.

I’m pretty sure Woolworths was on the other side, where ACTEW now is.

Then again, it was a long time ago.

The BIg W type store was on the other side, the supermarket and the adjoining takeaway food section were in the Centrepoint location. I remember the donut machine too. :-)

#11
farnarkler6:28 pm, 27 Jun 12

Good luck to them but I can’t help thinking it’s like giving the Titanic a lick of paint two hours after it hit the iceberg.

#12
I-filed6:28 pm, 27 Jun 12

EvanJames said :

Does the interior have any relics to the bygone Woolworths, that used to be there? I used to love watching the doughnut machine in the window, plopping doughnuts into the hot oil.

Woolworths was on the other side – in the block that has Ted’s camera store.

#13
I-filed6:30 pm, 27 Jun 12

Any connection with the notorious Landmark cult? If so, steer clear.

#14
farnarkler6:43 pm, 27 Jun 12

It was Woolworths on the merry-go-round side.

#15
Malteser10:50 am, 28 Jun 12

I wonder if the Cafe could put a bit of a boundary near the tables and chairs, maybe some pot plants/hedging type style? Right now it feels a bit like you are just plonked in the middle of a walkway (which I guess is technically true) with an outdoor setting from anywhere. Other than that, it’s good to see a cafe along City Walk – hopefully also be open on the weekend.

#16
Holden Caulfield11:10 am, 28 Jun 12

nsn said :

That signage is awful.

I refer to xkcd: “If you really hate someone, teach them to recognise bad kerning.”

http://xkcd.com/1015/

A kindred spirit!

#17
EvanJames1:15 pm, 28 Jun 12

GardeningGirl said :

The BIg W type store was on the other side, the supermarket and the adjoining takeaway food section were in the Centrepoint location. I remember the donut machine too. :-)

Spot on. For the others who don’t know, the variety store was in the building attached to the Bailey Arcade, fronting the merry go round. The woolies supermarket was where this cafe and Centrepoint are now.

The variety store had a big open bin of up-market wrapped chocolates, you filled a basket and they weighed it. I think every schoolkid in Canberra got dared to try shoplifting them.

The supermarket was there with its wonderful doughnut machine, but the really good supermarket was Coles New World, inside the Monaro Mall (opposite Waltons). It was huge. It’s hard to extrapolate positions now, everything’s so changed in there, but kind-of where Lincraft is. Sort-of. ish.

#18
Keijidosha1:43 pm, 28 Jun 12

An photo on this page shows the Woolworths variety store where the current ActewAGL shopfront is currently situated. The Woolworths grocery store was located where Centerpoint is now – directly opposite.

Probably explains the confusion!

#19
Ronnie2:07 pm, 28 Jun 12

rainmaker said :

A small step in the right direction, but there are still a hell of a lot of shopfronts empty. How long has that old JB Hi-Fi been empty now, what, 3 or 4 years? Think of the missed rent that could have been received if they reduced their asking price, but instead the lessors refuse and they receive zero for years.

Rainmaker, your statement is untrue. The premises remain under lease to JB Hi Fi.

#20
Canburnian10:04 am, 29 Jun 12

Terrible service.

No one there and I order my coffee, a few minutes later 2 other guys rock up, so she stops making mine to serve them, Another few minutes later she calls out their name and gives them the coffee. Then another few minutes calls Dave and then asks me if it’s my latte with sugar, then I explained what I ordered,

She then remakes my drink and blames the 2 guys for taking my drink. I had to remind her that she had called out to them and had given them the drinks.

Incompetence followed by lies.

#21
chrisbloke1:42 pm, 29 Jun 12

Terrible!. Waited too long on my lunch break while the female staff finished chatting with their friends on the street before being served. Then got a cold sausage roll while listening to them complaining about the customers wanting the sugar put in their coffee whilst it was being made. I won’t be back but I am pretty sure that won’t bother them.

#22
LandmarkCafe2:19 am, 01 Jul 12

Firstly, we’d like to thank everyone for their feedback. We always want to hear about your experiences at our establishment. To Canburnian and chrisbloke, we are sorry to hear you were unhappy with our service. Being a very new business, we are still ‘ironing out the kinks’, so to speak.

Canburnian, I believe I was the barista you spoke to, if memory serves. As you walked off so quickly after your comment, I couldn’t elaborate on my perhaps overly brief summation of the situation.

I admit, I knocked over a stack of lids, the resulting scramble knocked over the cups, I then made the coffees and realised I’d handed off your cup in my haste, after the fact. It’s been my first mistake the week we’ve been open, and I’m sorry it had to happen to you.

I believe I said ‘Sorry mate, they nicked off with your cup. My bad there.’ With the intent to further explain the delay resulting from the previous request for confirmation of your order. You called me on that statement as you left. I’m still not sure if you heard me say that last bit? In any case, I sincerely apologise for the delay, and I hope your coffee was otherwise enjoyable.

chrisbloke, all staff have been spoken to about disrupting the flow of regular service. Thankyou for the feedback on our hot-box, we will endeavour to be more vigilant with our food serving temperatures from now on. In regards to sugars put in the takeaway coffees for our customers, as of Friday there was no set policy whether to do so, or not. The opinions expressed were singular to the staff members involved and they have all been spoken to. The policy as it stands now is: we are happy to put them in for you. Just tell us how many you would like, if at all.

For the record chrisbloke, it bothers us very much. For both of you, if you would be willing to come in and chat with us we’d be happy to rectify this situation however we can.

I-filed: We are happy to say our cafe is not connected to any cult. It’s simply that we are surrounded by landmarks, we thought it would be clever to be one of our own.

Regards,
Landmark Cafe.

#23
Stirred256:30 pm, 04 Jul 12

I had a hot chocolate from there today and it was fantastic.. I think this may be my new morning coffee joint!

#24
Spykler6:57 pm, 04 Jul 12

chrisbloke said :

Terrible!. Waited too long on my lunch break while the female staff finished chatting with their friends on the street before being served. Then got a cold sausage roll while listening to them complaining about the customers wanting the sugar put in their coffee whilst it was being made. I won’t be back but I am pretty sure that won’t bother them.

That’s why you should always get your java hit from Bean in the city- no disappointment there…How many times do i have to tell you ?

#25
Spykler7:12 pm, 04 Jul 12

nsn said :

That signage is awful.

I refer to xkcd: “If you really hate someone, teach them to recognise bad kerning.”

http://xkcd.com/1015/

Agreed- the signage looks cheap…really cheap.

#26
Russ8:21 pm, 04 Jul 12

Not wanting to split hairs, but I will, the kerning on that sign isn’t too bad – it hasn’t been manually kerned, so the correctly kerned pairs within the font set – “DM” and “CA” – make the rest look a bit loose, but not egregiously so IMO.

The real problem with the sign is the word spacing.

#27
ogio11:58 am, 05 Jul 12

the coffe and food from here was amazing!

#28
therealtori10:58 am, 12 Jul 12

These guys are a great new business worth supporting. Glad to see some new business in city walk. Still perfecting their craft but do give them a try!

#29
Gantz11:47 am, 12 Jul 12

Great to hear they are aware of a few of the issues.

I will try you guys out when I can :)

Will you have Frapes in Summer?

#30
GregM5:33 pm, 11 Aug 12

A bit of an issue today at the Equal Love rally, held (as usual) near the merry go hound and with permission of the ACT government. One of the staff at the Landmark Cafe was obviously not pleased to have the topic of same sex marriage rights, turned up the music to compete with the speakers at the rally, told some of the 200+ rallyers that the cafe didn’t want their money and refused service, and at the end of the rally referred to one of those departing as a ‘fag’, which almost led to fisticuffs with people on both sides being held back.

The young staff member of Landmark probably won’t have a long career in the industry if he can’t deal with people better. He is perfectly entitled to have opinions, but if he wants the business he works for to be able to turn a profit, he’ll need to learn to keep them to himself.

I suspect that the Landmark Cafe lost more than the business this staff member turned away today – I personally had not yet tried them, and now I won’t. Canberra, and food industry, is no place for homophobia,and I’ll be voting with my money – elsewhere.

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