Focussing on local and seasonal produce with worldwide influences, Anthony Cannan brings the best of Melbourne’s famously design-minded café culture to the traditional bayside suburb of Elwood with A Girl Called Jayne.
Set on the corner of Ormond and Glen Huntly Road, a spot once home to Turtle Café, the stylish eatery makes of the most of its location among the hustle and bustle of the village, soft pale grey-green and blackbutt timber chairs and tables providing ample and comfortable seating underneath large gum trees that provide shade to the sprawling junction.
The soft colour theme continues inside the beautiful 1920s Alderley building, with those soothing tones laying the foundations for a refined backdrop that shows off original details. Lighting at A Girl Called Jayne is minimal, small hand-blown glass pendants from Montreal based Lambert & Fils provide intimacy and, along with delicate globes, nod to the art deco influences of the original building.
A custom La Marzocca Strada EP not only thrills coffee aficionados but design devotees, too, sitting proud atop the long counter which is paired with Inax Yuki Border tiles to add a certain layer of texture. With a comprehensive coffee and food menu, owner Anthony Cannan may well have accomplished what he set out to do when he decided to reinvigorate a well-known café for locals; showcasing the beachside location and adding a needed injection of contemporary flair. Just don’t call this Jayne plain.