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Cornersmith Has Closed Its Popular Marrickville Cafe After Eight Years

Thankfully, its Annandale cafe and Marrickville picklery are staying open.
By Samantha Teague
November 04, 2019
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Cornersmith Has Closed Its Popular Marrickville Cafe After Eight Years

Thankfully, its Annandale cafe and Marrickville picklery are staying open.
By Samantha Teague
November 04, 2019
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When it opened in 2012, Marrickville's Cornersmith cafe was game changing. Its commitment to ethical and sustainable food production, community engagement and food waste — as well as great-tasting brunch fare — was an instant hit with Sydneysiders, inspiring the launch of a picklery and workshop space up the road, a second cafe in Annandale and two cookbooks.

Early last year, the Marrickville cafe underwent a quick renovation, reopening with a liquor licence and dinner service. But, now, it's shutting up shop for good. Owners of the family-run cafe Alex Elliott-Howery and James Grant made the announcement on Instagram this morning, saying "we packed up our pickles and moved out of our Marrickville cafe".

In the post, the duo reflects on how the Cornersmith brand has grown since the launch of the inner west corner store eight years ago, saying "we had no idea Cornersmith would grow into the beautiful beast it has become and we are especially proud that it all started in a tiny corner shop in the middle of Marrickville".

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We have some big news to announce, this morning we packed up our pickles and moved out of our Marrickville café. We have not made this decision lightly but after an incredible 8 years, we have decided that it’s time to make some changes at Cornersmith. ​We opened that little shop in 2012, when we had two little kids and a little idea to have our own café. We had no idea Cornersmith would grow into the beautiful beast it has become and we are especially proud that it all started in a tiny little corner shop in the middle of Marrickville. Everything that Cornersmith continues to be, started there. Our pickling, our produce trading, our community work, our first cook book and of course the incredible amount of local support. We want to thank everyone who drank coffee, had a meal, bought a jar of pickles or dropped off a bag of cumquats. We also want to thank all the beautiful Smithies that have worked so hard and created so much in the Marrickville café over the last 8 years. For now, we are not sure what the next plan is, running a small business and raising a family is hard work and we are looking forward to a little less stress next year. But, as always, we are plotting and planning quietly at home and are looking forward to sharing our next plans for Cornersmith with you. Marrickville has closed but you will still be able to have your Cornersmith fix at our Annandale cafe and buy pickles and take cooking classes up the road at the Picklery. So please come and say hi. And if you see a perfect empty corner shop anywhere, drop us a line! We're keeping our eyes peeled. ​ Thanks again and here’s to new adventures together. Alex and James. xo

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While Elliott-Howery and Grant have said they're looking forward to a "little less stress next year" with one less cafe, they've also revealed that they're "plotting and planning quietly at home and are looking forward to sharing our next plans for Cornersmith with you". And, they've hinted to opening another cafe sometime in the near future, saying they're keeping their "eyes peeled" for a "perfect empty corner shop".

In the meantime, you can still visit the Annandale cafe, pick up a jar of pickles from the Picklery or book into one of Cornersmith's popular workshops, which include cheese making, bread baking and learning to ferment your own kombucha. Or, you can pick up one of the Cornersmith cookbooks — they make great Christmas presents.

Cornersmith's Marrickville cafe is now closed. You can visit the Annandale cafe at 88 View Street, Annandale and the Picklery at 441 Illawarra Road, Marrickville.

Published on November 04, 2019 by Samantha Teague

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