Exciting new move for popular cafe

Published 12:00pm 9 May 2024

Exciting new move for popular cafe
Words by Nadia Chapman

A popular coffee spot in Scarborough has relocated to a bigger space in Redcliffe.

Much-loved Sift Café has moved to the corner of Shield St and Prince Edward Pde, where Shield St Eats was previously located, and will be now known as Sift Restaurant and Bar.

The exciting move for owners Samantha and Steve Sjaardema comes after exponential business growth.

“We opened Sift back in 2018, with a desire of working for ourselves to fit in with our lifestyle of raising a young family,” Samantha says.

“Our little cafe has become quite a popular destination with the locals, with seats filling up fast, especially on weekends.

“With no way of extending our outdoor dining space and limited seating inside, we’ve been at a standstill in the way of growth for our business.”

The couple had a soft opening on April 22, with the full menu up and running on April 29.

Samantha and Steve plan to use the new space to its full potential.

“It’s such a beautiful location, so just think Sift but on a bigger scale,” Samantha explains.

“Same great coffee, baked goodies, breakfast, lunch, with the added addition of a dinner service.

“And we’re bringing back the good quality dining experience of table service, with a few exciting extras.”

The new and improved Sift Restaurant and Bar is hoping to channel 'European beach house vibes’.

“We have a world class Italian pizza chef joining our team – Gianluca. So yes, the woodfired pizzas are here to stay, we’re just doing them better with GF options,” Samantha says.

“In a few months’ time, we will be replacing the space that was once the gelato area to house a cosy wine bar where guests can lounge and sip on beautiful French wines and tasty grazing boards.

“It is bittersweet to be moving out of what was our home away from home, and where our journey first started, but our whole team (staff from both locations) are so excited to bring a new relaxed dining experience to the Peninsula.”

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