Manly's cafe scene has gained massive bragging rights. Bo Hinzack (of local coffee shop Showbox Coffee Brewers and Mosman's Penny Royal) and James Sideris (Butter Boy Bake) have teamed up to bring you Rollers Bakehouse, which is now open along Rialto Lane, just steps from the beach.
While this is the duo's first collaboration, Sideris has been regularly supplying Hinzack's cafes with baked goods for years. If you've ever come across his giant cookies, brownie sandwiches and custard-filled muffins — they're regularly stocked at Showbox and Penny Royal, as well as cafes like Regiment, Skittle Lane and Bloodhound — you've probably been on a mission to track them down ever since. And now you won't have to.
The shop is five years in the making for Sideris, whose love of baking goes all the way back to high school. "The concept came from both our loves for places in the US, with just coffee and pastries done really well," he says.
Patrons can expect a mix of sweet and savoury items that changes daily. Some potentials include millennial pink croissants, stuffed bagel rolls, bacon-topped savoury danishes and a charcoal croissant called the Sushi Roll. Sausage rolls and meat pies will also be on offer, including Greek-style lamb rolls with house-made tzatziki and hamburger rolls served with house burger sauce. Jams, marmalade and cultured butter with all be made in-house as well.
On the coffee side of things, they're using beans from Sydney-based Okay Coffee, a brand new collaboration between Hinzack and pro-roaster Aaron Wood of Melbourne's Wood and Co. This means you can expect some serious batch brews, along with cold drip and coffee classics done really well.
The space emits poolside Palm Springs vibes, with breeze blocks, succulents and a courtyard and appropriate 90s music vibes — it's spring ready in July.