Cafe debut brings in the crowds

The Three Chimneys cafe opened its doors on Saturday , attracting a huge turnout of local punters for its launch.

The cafe, in the lane behind the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, boasts a sprawling open-plan layout, so customers can watch the bread being baked or coffee beans roasted.

"If we can make it on site, we will," co-owner Shane Jaque said.

Fellow owner Brad Davies said he was blown away by early reactions.

"The support from Wollongong has been unbelievable. We were at capacity most of Saturday," he said.

Giant wooden front doors - 150 years old, sourced from Wooloomooloo wharf - guard the entrance.

Inside it is a blend of rough wood and slick industrial-style surfaces, with leather couches, pinball machines and a huge mural on the wall.

The cafe officially began trading yesterday, and attracted big crowds throughout the day.

Three Chimneys cafe is open from 7am every day and until midnight at weekends. Bands and other entertainments will play at night.

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