For Zac Lazarac, jumping into the coffee realm was a big gamble. Stepping away from a career in stockbroking to open up Newstead-based boutique roasting and cafe operation Salt Coffee Roasters, Zac was putting his passion on the line. It didn’t take long for his gambit to pay off – when Salt opened in February 2019 it was an immediate hit, and over time has emerged as a go-to pitstop for discerning caffeine sippers. Opening a second cafe wasn’t in Zac’s immediate plans, but when good pal Jordan Navybox (managing director of top-tier buyer’s agency Cohen Handler) approached Zac with a pitch to open a coffee dispensary at his agency’s new office on the corner of McLachlan Street and James Street, it was an opportunity too good to resist.
The duo’s joint venture – called Little Salt – is currently taking shape out the front of Cohen Handler’s office, which sits a stone’s throw away from Little James Street and eateries such as Gerard’s Bistro and Gerard’s Bar. Interior design and property development group Shaw and Keenan and construction specialists Brooklyn Building Co. are on board for Little Salt’s conceptualisation and fit-out, which will boast a sleek all-white aesthetic with green accents. A coffee bar will face a sunny deck, which will feature a cluster of seats for dine-in shaded by cabana-style umbrellas. As for the coffee, Salt will have its signature Julie blend on hand, plus a weekly rotation of freshly roasted single origins for batch brews.
Little Salt will open at the end of July. Keep your eyes peeled for a closer look once it opens.