Since the day the ‘closed for good’ sign was pinned on its iconic mahogany wood-framed doors, many Canberrans were left with a little Gus’ café shaped whole in their hearts, as the much-loved Bunda Street local bid its last farewell to the city.
But a new resurgence has been injected into the space, paying homage to its predecessor yet giving it a fresh new life – one that’s here to stay.
Now under the guidance of owners Fish Zafar and Hazel Tate, who come with over 15 years’ expertise in the industry, the newly anticipated Gus’ Place is set to open early September and shake things up.
“The city has been crying out for a revamp of Gus’ and we’re excited to start setting our own history in the space,” he says.
“Gus’ has truly stood the test of time and is steeped in Canberra history dating back to the 1960s. The name has become synonymous to the development of the capital’s café society and the building has seen years of hospo activity and evolution, playing a significant part in the social heritage of the local community.
“Now, we are excited to breathe new life into the café, but with our own touch!”
The new Gus’ Place will offer a seasonal menu brimming with modern Australian dishes – expect the favourites that we’ve all come to know and love from a classic café.
“Our focus with our food menu will be serving classic dishes with our own spin on them. We aren’t trying to reinvent classic dishes, but rather elevate them so they hit all the senses!”
Gus’ Place also caters for allergies and intolerances including gluten, vegan, dairy and vegetarian; and, of course, you can look forward to the lingering aroma of delicious coffee, winter warming beverages, juices and sweet treats like fresh house-made pastries and doughnuts daily. It’s also fully licenced.
“Our house-blend coffee is made specifically for us by our coffee roasters. The unique flavour characteristics were collaboratively designed with us and will be available to purchase in store,” Fish says.
“We will also be offering single-origin blends, seasonal blends, cold brew, and guest roasters on rotation,”
While the fit-out pays homage to Gus’ original European-classic look, the fit- out has undergone a complete overhaul with an emphasis on luxe materials like teak, calacatta marble, leather and brass touches.
Best of all, Gus’ Place will reintroduce old-fashioned exceptional service with a smile.
The new Gus’ will open to the public early September, initially launching with breakfast and lunch from 7am to 4:30pm, with dinner trade on the horizon. Watch this space!
Whether it’s a moment between meetings or a moment with a loved one, Gus’ Place is a space where memories can be created and everyone is welcome.
8 Bunda Street Canberra City, ACT
7am – 4:30pm