Grandpa Joe is wonderfully warm and welcoming; serving specialty coffee and wholesome brunch fare along Ascot Vale’s bustling Union Road strip.
First opening its doors back in 2013, the venue was quickly nurtured to success by its original owners, establishing a loyal customer base of brunching enthusiasts and coffee aficionados. Since then, new owners Maria and Tony Presta have taken over the reins, leaving behind their lives as airline workers to pursue their passion for coffee.
Since then, they’ve brought on staff that have become family, people as passionate about hospitality as they are. Together the team has successfully continued the Grandpa Joe legacy, brewing smooth coffees with their house blend, Felix by Little Potion Roasting Co. Combining beans from Brazil, Ethiopia and Costa Rica, it’s well-balanced and perfect for milk coffees.
After something a little different? Go for a rotating single origin to try beans from around the world, sourced by the folks at Little Potion Roasting Co. In addition to milk coffees and espresso, Grandpa Joe can whip you up a pot of filter, cold press or cold drip.
If you’re too caffeinated already, opt for a refreshing summer smoothie with dragonfruit, mango, strawberry, peach and apple, or indulge in a peanut butter and chocolate milkshake.
As for the food, Grandpa Joe serves up a variety of sweet and savoury brunch options. The wasabi cured salmon served with poached eggs, avocado smash and feta is always a winner; while those with a sweet tooth won’t want to miss the vanilla French toast – a thick-cut brioche served with berry compote, vanilla ice cream and maple drizzle. Add bacon if you dare.
There’s also a rotating selection of cheeky sweets, baked daily in-house. Think raspberry coconut slice, orange friand or chocolate brownie: whatever you choose will be the perfect accompaniment to a cup of specialty coffee.
Grandpa Joe’s is about as colourful and eclectic as you might expect, while still retaining that essential Melbourne-cafe style. Fresh, white exposed brick walls and timber countertops juxtapose against a bright blue feature wall and a colourful, quirky, bespoke mural. There’s a vintage record player in one corner, and an old, wooden rocking chair beside it, where you can imagine Grandpa Joe himself likely sat and listened to a couple of tunes back in his heyday.
You know how people always say you should visit your grandparents more often? Well, the same can be said for Grandpa Joe. Pop in for a coffee and a chat, any day of the week.