Ban on Baffi?

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I’ve only just read that iconic Redfern cafe “Baffi and Mo” is no longer owned by Anne Cooper and Louise Hunt (who have moved on to Orto Trading Co).

This in itself is kinda crap – Baffi and Mo was really at the forefront of the regeneration of that corner of Redfern. The area now has other cafes – Tapeo, The Eathouse Diner – as well as old stalwarts Big Boys Thai and Patagonian Toothfish. Back when I lived on Chalmers Street I ‘discovered’ Baffi and Mo’s the day it opened and was surprised to find it so trendy/chic. It was unexpectedly good coffee, good food and good service. Plus, it was owned and managed by ladies of my own persuasion.

All the reviews since the new owners have come on board are pretty poor (see Urban Spoon for a range). Cooper and Hunt definitely made sure the cafe had a certain vibe. All the staff were always really nice and would make you feel like they quite liked their job. That’s what made the place great and set it apart from the other local cafes.

I show my own prejudices when I say that I’m not impressed to hear rumours that it may now be owned by Hillsong. Go on and be as christian as you like but those guys give me the heeby jeebies. So damn corporate. They may as well be the Church of Adidas or something.

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