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Uncle Kev’s is found in a hole in the wall next to JR’s Surf & Ski on Grenfell Street.
Opening yesterday, it serves all your coffee shop essentials on the go through a window ledge looking onto the busy street.
While small in size, Uncle Kev’s is hard to miss with its contrasting black and white tiles and big smile of the owner, Daniel Cocca, at the opening.
From Monday to Friday 7am to 2pm, Daniel greets passers-by and serves delicious food and wonderful coffee.
It’s a business he has started himself in pursuing his dream of owning his own coffee shop. After having to close his clothing studio and coffee joint 44 More Clothing Studio earlier in the year due to COVID, Daniel decided not give up on his dream.
As an employee of Octeine Coffee, which called the space home before, Daniel had bigger plans.
“I used to work there for two to three months and thought it was super cool to be around the clothes while serving coffee,” Daniel says.
“I offered to take over the space and it was just the right timing.”
In just four days, Daniel set up Uncle Kev’s.
Daniel has expanded the offerings of the space with a much larger menu than before.
“I’m incorporating a lot more food than was offered here previously,” Daniel says.
“There’s bagels, toasties and a variety of pastries.”
“I do all the cooking the night before and prep the ingredients. I make the pesto and chilli jam homemade too, while I order in fresh pastries and sweets.”
Bagels include the breakfast banger, pesto chicken and avo mash; Daniel’s favourite however is Kev’s special which has hot salami, house made chilli jam, rocket and peppers.
Along with the inhouse food and coffee with all different milk alternatives, Uncle Kev’s serves a range of sweets from doughnuts and croissants to muffins and banana bread.
Daniel did not let his struggles with 44 More Clothing Studio deteriorate his goals of owning his own space and has even bigger plans in mind for the future.
He hopes to eventually move to a larger space also functioning as an art studio to incorporate his own fashion label and work with others in the media industry.
“I hope this endeavour inspires others to chase their goals and dreams and not let anything deteriorate them,” Daniel says.
“I lost my business but at the same time learnt so many lessons.
“It’s very rewarding to get back on your feet – if you love what you do you can keep going.”
Uncle Kev’s is open Monday to Friday 7am-2pm and is located at 121 Grenfell St, Adelaide.
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