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Scully's Place is the kind of establishment that most would love to have in their neck of the woods, and fortunately for me – it's only a few streets walk away.
There's little doubt that the East Brisbane and Woolloongabba precinct already has its fair share of great cafes, but apart from usual coffees and breakfasts/brunch, Scully's offers the abovementioned plus a range of epicurean delights that you can take home and enjoy on your own terms.
Whether it's antipasto delights, cheeses, fresh produce, cured meats or a beautiful floral bouquet for your dining room table, this café-cum-deli-cum-gourmet grocery store is a real win for the local community.
Stay a while' is the directive from Owner Liz Scully, who has modelled her neighbourhood café and grocery store after some of the specialty delis and grocery stores found in the States. It's definitely easy to see the Jolies and the Pfeiffers of the world doing their weekly shopping in a place like this, that's if they don't already have their grocery shopping done for them!
On my first visit, just days after opening, I was just there to have a bit of a nosey around and pick my up my much-needed morning coffee, but on my second visit in as many weeks, I followed the 'stay a while' ethos, pulling up a chair on the relaxed outdoor terrace and enjoying the sophisticated yet uncontrived ambience. Four legged friends are more than welcome to stay a while too, with the doggy bowls regularly filled full with fresh water.
Pull up a pew and stay a while is the message here, and you can do just that on the multiple outdoor terraces
The cabinet foods are delicious and simple with a good range of affordable options to grab and go or to be enjoyed in one of the three dining areas. From salads, baguettes and other ready food, there are also a number of menu items that are made fresh from the gourmet produce sold in-store. It's a somewhat more modest menu compared to other surrounding cafes, but when you consider everything else available, what they do offer, they seem to be doing very well.
Cabinet goodies are ready to grab and go, or you can order from the fresh-to-made menu using fresh in-store produce
After irreverently devouring my simple yet delicious bacon, egg, mushroom and tomato salsa panini, I wandered the aisles and despite just having eaten my mouth again watering. The beautifully presented delicatessen made me want to instantly entertain guests, and the long life section gave me a strong desire to restock my meagre pantry.
Scully's Place occupies a large block on the corner of Edgar Street and Stanley Street East and has been converted from an independent service station. The easy drive in and park option remains, making it ideal for those wanting to call in quickly for a coffee on their way into the city. It's great to see the site revived with a one-stop shop that's so welcoming and vibrant, and its one conversion that I'm sure I'm not alone in celebrating.