Spring Hill's Lonely Boy is Mal Gill and Bec Saul's second current venture, but fourth in total — the two also masterminded Lady Marmalade and Milk Factory Kitchen, before selling them to focus on Shady Palms.
The cute, small space on the corner Water and Kennigo Streets serves up counter breakfasts and lunches from Wednesday to Monday, complete with coffee from Open House Coffee Roasters and an all-day brekkie menu.
Because chicken and waffles is the dish that keeps on giving — and because Lonely Boy really is trying to spice things up — prepare to feast on jalapeño waffles with creamed corn and chicken nuggets, plus bacon and haloumi burgers, as well as an array of sandwiches. And while the shop shuts at 2pm daily, those after a later snack can hit them up for delivery via the usual online services including UberEATS.
As for the name, even if you now have The Black Keys stuck in your head, that's not where the cafe's moniker comes from. Rather, co-owner Gill was once told he'd end up a lonely boy if he pursued his dream of becoming a chef. Well, doing well — and naming your own place after those words of warning — truly is the best revenge.