While walking along the Main Street of Greensborough, a suburb in Melbourne's north-east, you might be surprised to come across a little cafe/bar that would fit perfectly in one of the city's popular lane ways. Urban Grooves is the name of this little suburban hot spot and upon entering, it isn't hard to see why (here is a photo of the main eating area).
Having recently come under new management, the new Urban Grooves cafe has undergone a few changes, and so far has received a great reception.
Firstly, the menus have slightly changed, but this is more in price rather than food. In the past, some of Urban Grooves mains seemed quite expensive, especially when compared to what you were served, but the lower prices have definitely made for a more enjoyable dining experience.
The childrens menu, aptly named 'Little Groovers', is very similar to the old menu, however, the serving sizes are definitely more appropriate. A child actually has a chance of finishing their meal under the new menu. Kids also eat free on Sundays between 6 and 8pm which is a nice improvement for families.
It seems the new management have also done a revamp of the Urban Grooves staff; some of the old waiters were quite rude and indifferent at times, especially if you needed something, but the new wait-staff appear to be the complete opposite. They are friendly and extremely helpful from the moment you enter the cafe to the moment you leave, which a lot of customers really appreciate.
During mornings and afternoons, the service is fairly prompt. You don't have to wait long to order a coffee nor do you have to wait all day for it to come out, and the drinks for one particular table come out at the same time. However, the service at busy meal times can be a little slow, especially when seated towards the back of the cafe where we unluckily were. It was hard to get a waitress' attention to order, but once we had she was very efficient and it didn't take longer than necessary for our food to be served. It all came out at the same time as well, which didn't overly happen before the new management came in.
One big change for the cafe is its move into more of a bar culture. Greensborough doesn't have anything close to a cocktail lounge, but Urban Grooves is definitely vying for that place. They've introduced a happy hour (or rather, a happy two hours) on a Monday evening, as well as drink specials such as half price cocktails and $5 beers. Their range of alcoholic beverages has also been greatly increased to include a variety of liqueurs and mixers.
In the near future, once word gets around, the place to be on a Friday or Saturday night for a few drinks with friends is going to be the new and improved Urban Grooves, as well as being one of the best cafes in the area for coffee or lunch.