It's the hipster haunt that helped put the industrial inner west suburb of Rosebery smack bang on the foodie trail - and now it's closing its doors. Kitchen by Mike - the popular café inside the Koskela design store site - will finish trading this Friday August 7, with a new eatery replacing it in two weeks time.
Kitchen by Mike and Koskela both announced the news on their Instagram accounts, with a promise to whip up all the crowd pleasers from their three and a half year tenure in the coming days. The writing was on the wall when the eponymous Mike himself (that's co-owner and chef Mike McEnearey) left back in June.
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No word yet on what Koskela has planned for the space, except that the new venue will open in two weeks' time after extensive renovations. McEnearey, however, has scored himself a plum new gig - he was announced today as the new creative director of Eveleigh markets (now to be known as the Carriageworks Farmers Markets). "I want to put Carriageworks Farmers Markets on the world stage," he said today in a release. "We're aspiring to grow the Carrriageworks Farmers Markets to the same international scale and acclaim as London's Borough Markets." Watch this space.