By Jo Rittey


STREAT’s new flagship site, Cromwell STREAT, is like a village; a really lovely community-centred and giving village. There’s a café, artisan bakery, coffee roastery and youth training academy. That’s my kind of village.


Housed in the heritage Cromwell Manor at 66 Cromwell Street, the 150-year-old building is rich in history and charm with a large outdoor seating area and family-friendly landscaped garden. Now there is the added layer of goodness through STREAT’s non-profit social enterprise philosophy and pursuits.


Since launching in March 2010, STREAT has trained and crafted future pathways for over 520 disadvantaged youth, teaching vital life skills and creating employment opportunities in the hospitality industry and other sectors.


“Cromwell STREAT is an incredible dream come true. It means we can triple the number of young people we help each year – to 365 a year. But watch out – we are only just getting warmed up,” says Rebecca Scott, co-founder and CEO.


Created by Executive Chef, Di Kerry, the café menu is seasonally ingredient led and features inspired combinations of fresh, local and traditional food. Highlights from the all-day breakfast menu include a brioche bun with crumbed ricotta, blood orange gel, rhubarb and strawberry compote and miso salmon with soy sauce egg yolk in dashi broth with kishimen noodles and soy beans.


If you are waking up and smelling the coffee later in the day, you can choose between a house-made baguette with marinated grilled flank steak, green mango, fried shallot coriander, Thai basil, and palm sugar dressing or slow cooked sweet soy marinated lamb ribs with magic pop, Asian slaw and nam jim dressing to name just a few dishes.


Elsewhere on the square, Bill Mayne, will start way before dawn baking his superb croissants, pastries and loaves and Head Barista, Iain Swift, and Head Roaster, Andy Barrett, will ensure that perfect coffee is served, including STREAT’s own award-winning Social Blend, with beans from Brazil, Ethiopia and Columbia.


Those seeking something other than caffeine will love STREAT’s gold medal Swiss-water decaf and a host of refreshing beverages, breakfast cocktails, beer and wine.


This is an incredible initiative from people who not only care about food and coffee, but are also passionate about providing opportunities for young people who might otherwise find it difficult.


STREAT, tastes good, does good.




66 Cromwell Street, Collingwood


Mon – Fri 7am – 4pm

Sat – Sun 8am – 4pm



Jo is a French teacher, a freelance writer and needs good coffee to start her day. Armed with an exotic New Zealand accent and a winning (hopefully) smile, she likes nothing better than roaming the streets of the northside in search of new and old food-related wonders.

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