Who: King of the Castle
Where: Driveway, 14 Pakington Street, Geelong West
When: 7am – 3pm Mon – Fri and 7am – 2pm Sat (closed Sunday)
I have been frequenting Geelong’s very own hole-in-the-wall coffee destination for quite a while now and it never fails to disappoint – even on a rainy day! I can’t count the number of times I popped down to interview Robbie – but he was slammed with customers! This was never a deterrent; just confirmation that good things come to those who wait!
Robbie Lecchino is a Geelong lad; born & bred, but like many, honed his craft in Melbourne working for the dynamic Tommy Collins Group, before bringing his skills back home for the rest of us to enjoy! Robbie had a vision for his “hole-in-the-wall” concept to fill a gap in the Geelong market and his patience finally paid off with a space becoming available at the top end of Pakington Street earlier this year!
It’s no secret that I’m a bit of a coffee snob – I drink a double shot espresso, so there’s no disguising bad coffee with milk & sugar! He serves Padre Coffee; a small owner-run business based in Lygon Street, Brunswick as well as sweet treats from his next door neighbours, Gracious & Delicious (more details in the next post!).
When you visit, make sure you take a moment to step into the tiny room opposite the coffee machine to view the AMAZING work-in-progress mural by artist Sasha Heath
Robbie met Sasha in Melbourne and after seeing her work at Kinfolk & The Hub, he knew he had to get her on board as she was the right person to realise the vision he had for a mural in his new space!
The saying ‘good things come in small packages’ has never been so true!
All Hail the King!