6 Stewart Rd., Currumbin, Queensland 4223
Open: Mon – Fri 6am – 4pm; Sat, Sun 7am – 2pm (Music and food from 9am Sunday)
Mixed business is not a newcomer to the southern end of the coast, with several opening in the past couple of years: Café 28 Coolie at Boardriders (surf shop, café and music venue), JR’s Smokehouse at Sunhouse (BBQ restaurant, surf shop and espresso bar) and Espresso Moto (espresso bar, café and bike shop) and now Iron & Resin Garage.
In a space once occupied by a car yard, two PBC local guys, Luke Young and Bruce Robson, have opened the first Iron & Resin concept outlet in Australia. It’s a store offering something different – clothing and industrial homewares by local craftsman ‘Frankly all by hand’ – the ultimate gift shop for bike-loving guys.
To extend the idea of concept outlet to ‘social destination’, the guys opened an espresso bar serving Will & Co Beans coffee, the latest hip brand from Bondi Beach. Stepping out once more from the crowd, they’re the only Gold Coast distributors of this smooth, easy-drinking but full-bodied brew, served from their own custom-made Faema espresso machine. It’s a steampunk wonder!
Trying out a few of the coffees made on the Will & Co signature “Eight-o-Eight” (808) blend of carefully sourced beans from Guatemala and Brazil, we were pleasantly surprised at its unique taste. An espresso of the blend had a beautifully rich floral scent, with a complex flavour of sour cherry with ribbons of caramel weaving through the savoury notes of the coffee. Translating well into a piccolo the milk added depth, enhancing the sweeter flavours and leaving a big mouthfeel of the savoury notes. The addition of more milk in a cappuccino heightened the caramel flavours of the coffee whilst still maintaining the crisp acidity seen in the espresso and piccolo.
“This place is turning into its own monster,” Luke tells us, adding that they’re taking things slowly, testing the market, evaluating as the place evolves.
The push to sell food has been appeased for now by a rotation of food trucks on Sundays, feeding the crowd who come to enjoy the live music Sunday session. On the day we visited, Jerry Wilks was there with his truck The Dapper and Chic, selling Cajun-inspired street food. The po’boy beer-battered king prawns were something else, served on a bun with pear slaw and mousseline.
“This place is really all about bikes,” Luke tells us. “The garage opened with a gentleman’s ride for prostate cancer – about 220 bikes with their riders dressed in suits!”
Don’t think ‘bikies’, though! It’s home to classic touring, vintage bikes and Mad Max classics. Luke adds that the garage has become a hangout for young families and hipster riders and families with young children who take pride in their bikes and community lifestyle.
So, why choose Currumbin as the locale?
“This is a thoroughfare for bikes going into the valley for a weekend ride,” Luke tells us.
“Out the back we’re planning a community garage where guys can come and work on their bikes. It’s all about having a place to drop in and stay for a while.”
“We’re also hosting events: an art show in December 2015 of Richard Harvey’s ‘70s surfing photographs. Then, in January there’s the launch of Geoff Wilson’s book. He’s the World Record holder for the fastest crossing of Antarctica coast to coast on a wind-powered sled to raise money for the McGrath Foundation. In the pipeline is the team’s upcoming flight of a pink hot air balloon to the highest free-range height in Australia.” (Luke is talking about the Pink Apollo Project, where Wilson and his 5th Element Expedition team will fly a 13-storey high pink hot air balloon to 40,000 ft to attempt to raise $1 million for the McGrath Foundation’s 10th anniversary.
With the Iron & Resin Garage such a great little location, we’re sure that the venue will also become home to many more community-minded events. In the meantime, we must check out the Sunday sesh… http://www.5thelementexpeditions.com/