A little heritage building, boasting a bright red door and surrounded by flowers, is being transformed into an idyllic café spot, prioritising community, affordable food, and good coffee.
Hey George is the newest addition to the Goodwood Road café scene, in a building previously used for various community-fostering purposes.
“When it was built over 120 years ago, it was initially used as the first ever schoolhouse in Goodwood,” said Hey George Manager, Rochelle.
“That housed 40-odd students and as time went on, the church converted it into a home for families that needed a place to stay. It was then converted into a community space.”
The little building is now coming full circle and serving the community in a different way.
“We want to bring the community back to Goodwood, in a space where everyone used to congregate,” she said.
“It will be a comfortable space where you can come and hang if you’re lonely. It will also be a great space for locals to display and sell their products, like cards or candles.”
While sandwiches, rolls, traditional burgers, pastas, and other café favourites will be available, Hey George will also extend its menu to include middle-eastern and Mediterranean food as well.
While you dig into a falafel wrap, you will also have the opportunity to explore the beautiful gardens around the property. Rochelle hopes to find ways to fully appreciate the outdoor space in the warmer months, including community picnics.
“Because we are surrounded by the gardens, I’m looking to host picnics in the summertime. They are the most incredible gardens that have been there for approximately 140 years. The gardens have been perfected, so why not utilise the space and have people come down and enjoy a grazing box!” she said.
Rochelle says Hey George is scheduled to open by the end of July, and if all goes to plan, the café will be participating in this year’s SALA Festival.
“it’s been so hard at the moment to get equipment and trades – it’s been a nightmare. But we’re slowly getting there and hoping to open just before SALA Festival. We’re going to feature ‘Watercolour Orphans’ – a group of 12 South Australian painters,” she said.
Find Hey George at 157 Goodwood Road, Goodwood 5034.