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How Cafes Have Responded To COVID-19
How Cafes Have Responded To COVID-19
City of Port Phillip


04 May 2020

Port Phillip is a culinary destination known for its café culture. But what happens when the world stops amidst a global pandemic? These forward-thinking cafes have found a way to pivot and survive during this challenging time.

Using City of Port Phillip’s Open for Business list and this article, you can find and support local businesses that remain open.

Grab a coffee and hand sanitiser to-go at ST. ALi 

When cafes and restaurants began closing their doors, ST. ALi responded swiftly and with some serious creative thinking. Usually peddling top-notch coffee to South Melbourne locals and visitors alike, they kept their doors open – and their team employed – by adding to their product offering something in high demand: hand sanitiser. ST. ALi’s hand sanitiser project produces 100% ethanol hand sanitiser to sell to customers and the Royal Flying Doctors Service.

By shifting their products, as well as some amazing community support, this project saved a whopping 72 jobs! On top of this, ST. ALi continues to keep South Melburnians caffeinated and well-fed by getting creative in the kitchen, too. You can pick up a community breakfast box filled with local goodies, such as Ned’s Bake sourdough.

You can also get your hands on: 

  • Coffee beans
  • Takeaway meals
  • Take home heat-and-eat packs
  • Homemade crumpets
  • Groceries 
  • Quarantine-inspired t-shirts.

12-18 Yarra Place, South Melbourne
03 9132 8966

Pick up a grocery box at The Turtle 

Elwood favourite, The Turtle, is staying afloat by offering some great specials and packs to enjoy at home. Pick up a small or large seasonal produce box in store, or some fresh pasta – choose from spaghetti, lasagne and gnocchi. You can make your own sauce or check out Turtle’s beef Bolognese and basic spinach pesto.

34 Glenhuntly Road, Elwood
The Turtle on Instagram

Enjoy Caps Café’s ‘Chef @Home’ meals 

The team at Caps Café in Port Melbourne has been hard at work, shaking up their business to keep their doors open and staff employed. Caps Café has partnered with The Views to deliver chef-prepared meals for two at affordable prices.

Gourmet meal kits include chicken satay curry, six-hour slow-cooked lamb, and gnocchi ratatouille. They've also got a Fair Food range, which includes community-minded pricing, with items like beef cannelloni, shepherd’s pie and Belgian waffles.

Visit Caps Café’s Facebook page or view the menu on Bopple.

FOOD4GOOD online market

While this one is technically a restaurant, we couldn’t not include it. Half Acre in South Melbourne and food&desire catering have joined forces to create FOOD4GOOD. This platform provides jobs for hospitality workers who have reduced hours or been stood down due to COVID-19. FOOD4GOOD is an online market with high-quality food and essentials, including pasta, local coffee beans, milk, beer, wine and other household items. You can also pick up a Shabbat dinner for four  – a huge spread of goods, including freshly baked challah, roasted cauliflower, wood-roasted brisket and much more.

FOOD4GOOD donates a portion of takings to charity partners and gives you the option to donate a meal to someone in need. This could be a frontline worker, someone going through a difficult time, or even someone you know.

You can also access: 

  • Mother’s Day brunch options
  • Farmer’s market
  • Basic essentials
  • Pastries and cakes
  • Bakery
  • Flowers
  • Iso-meals.

To see more cafes and restaurants doing their best to get through this tough period, check out the Open for Business page.  You’ll find local businesses who are open and need your support.

You can also keep up-to-date with local business updates and quarantine inspiration on our blog page.