Hardware Societe moving to bigger premises in Melbourne CBD

Hardware Societe is moving from its long-time home in Hardware Street.
Hardware Societe is moving from its long-time home in Hardware Street. Photo: Eddie Jim

A decade after opening, cult cafe Hardware Societe is moving downtown, to bigger premises briefly occupied by Archie Green.

Co-owners Di and Will Keser say they outgrew the Hardware Street space. Moving into the 255-square-metre Katherine Place site will allow them expand the menu and offer Friday night drinks and bar snacks. But fans of chorizo baked eggs can relax: they're not budging from the menu.

The Kesers spend much of the year in France, introducing Parisians to Australian brunch culture at Hardware Societe Paris, which they opened in 2016.

Portobello mushrooms, truffled chevre, gremolata migas and poached eggs from the cafe's upcoming 
No Eggs on Toast book.
Portobello mushrooms, truffled chevre, gremolata migas and poached eggs from the cafe's upcoming No Eggs on Toast book. Photo: Lauren Bamford

The Melbourne and Montmartre menus share a similar cross-border approach but take into account seasonal variations and local preferences. Typical dishes include tortilla with smoked mackerel, romesco, baby endive salad; chicken livers, jamon with pedro ximenez and butter lettuce salad; and matcha rice pudding with raspberries, yuzu and lychees with a black sesame tuile.

They've given the Katherine Place interior an overhaul, departing from the Lacroix-wallpapered look at Hardware Street.

Salmon and green hues dominate, with custom marble pendant lighting from Hay x Wrong London, chairs from Europe's oldest furniture maker, Ton, and a Slayer EP coffee machine customised to match the lights.

The move will coincide with the release of their book, commissioned to mark the cafe's 10-year anniversary. Written by Good Food contributor Michael Harden and self-published, with design by Michaela Webb and Studio Round and photography by Lauren Bamford, No Eggs on Toast will be launched on March 5, with the cafe opening on Wednesday, February 27.

Little Hardware Societe, at the Kesers' long-held second site, 123 Hardware Street, will remain open.

10 Katherine Place (between Flinders Lane and Flinders Street), Melbourne.