New bakery-cafe named Kurnell 1770 to have British colonial theme

Another modern eatery will add to the expanding cafe scene at Kurnell.

Development approval has been given for the bakery-cafe, to be named Kurnell 1770, which will have a British colonial theme, with sandstone and naval corps features.

It is expected to open in early August.

Kurnell 1770 will be housed in a new shop-top development in Captain Cook Drive near the corner of Prince Charles Parade and the start of the Monument Track.

Other recently opened cafes in Kurnell include Milkhouse in Torres Street and Cook at Silver Beach.

They are all well placed to cash in on an anticipated rise in visitor numbers from $50 million in federal and state government funding to upgrade the historic precinct for the 250th anniversary in 2020 of the arrival of HMS Endeavour.

Shire real estate agent Kim Gilmore, who will operate the new bakery-cafe, developed the block of three units each with a shop below.

Ms Gilmore said the business would trade seven days a week from 6am to 6pm.

“It will be a fairly high level cafe situation in a beautiful spot, overlooking the park and bay,” she said.

“You will be able to get out of the weather and enjoy the sun until late into the day.”

The cafe will have inside seating for 20, as well as outdoor tables and a large takeaway food section.

Artisan bread, home-made gelato and a menu with a healthy foods focus will be on offer.

Ms Gilmore has worked in the shire for 29 years, 17 years in her own business, and was the first in the area “to go out on my own”.

She sold her Port Hacking home to buy three adjoining lots at Kurnell for the development.

”I didn’t want to continue in real estate forever and I thought this would be a great place to set up a home and business,” she said.

“There is a need for this sort of business, and that’s why I bought into the area.

“I think Kurnell is the most underrated suburb in Sydney.

“It has a due north facing beach, is 10 minutes from Cronulla and you can park,” she said.

Milkhouse cafe, which opened two and a half years ago, was designed as a modern, coffee-centred version of the popular informal milkbar of the past.

It specialises in Uruguayan street food such as empanadas, chori pan, churros and other favourites of South America.

Natalie Tarleton, who started the cafe with a business partner but bought out her share last year, said business was “going amazingly”.

“It has become a nice little hub for the local people to come and have a chat and we are also getting the tradesmen and people coming to the new playing fields at Greenhills.

“A lot of Greenhills residents also find it quicker and easier to drive out here for coffee, rather than battle for a parking spot in Cronulla.

“It can only get better with the government funding, which will bring in more tradesmen and visitors.

“I lived at Kurnell, and I used to drive past and see this vacant shop and say, ‘Wouldn’t that be a great place to start a business?’

“It has proved a very good move.”

Cook cafe, which uses a vintage Airstream food van, has been wowing locals and tourists since it opened last year.

“I think Kurnell is one of Sydney’s best-kept secrets,” owner Tanya Tozzi said.

“I wanted to create a casual space for the whole family, somewhere to be social, grab a good coffee or linger with friends over a leisurely lunch”.

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