Hamilton’s newest community cafe
If you’ve ventured down Beaumont Street over the last week you would have certainly noticed the stream of people lining up, dining in, and taking out at the fresh new venue in town – Bowie.
Opening only last week, it’s wild to see how quickly the Hamilton community has welcomed Bowie not only with open arms but with one of those seriously enthusiastic jumping up and down smothering types of hugs.
Bowie is brought to you by the same friendly team behind The Junction’s Talulah – couple Jack and Kahlea and their two little ones, Myles and Sunny. The family alongside the rest of the team welcome you to Bowie – Hamilton’s newest cafe.
Originally hailing from Canberra, Jack and Kahlea made the move to Newcastle and took over the reins of Talulah back in 2020 – right before COVID kicked off.
“Newcastle was always on our radar as somewhere we wanted to live. We love it here and we’ll be here for life,” Jack said.
Having continued growing the institution that is Talulah over the past three years and building a solid community cafe, it was time for Jack and Kahlea to share their expertise, kindness, and generosity to another local suburb – with Bowie in Hamilton coming to life.
“I actually just love hospitality and just love being around people. Two venues are cool and I can still be around and be a part of the community without being too stressed and overwhelmed.”
Setting up in the space that some may remember as Casero, and up the laneway from In Forno within the Hamilton Plaza precinct, the cafe has been transformed. Completing the fit-out in a record seven weeks, the previously dark space is now light and airy.
The cafe is complete with furnishings picked by the close eye of Tash Ireland of Monsoon Living. The open kitchen space and coffee bar are beautifully designed with the maroon coffee machine a standout.
The inside dining area spills out into the Plaza laneway which is complete with a one-of-a-kind mural by Olas One.
“Our mural was a big thing that I was super passionate about. I facilitated it but our landlords really got behind this and made it happen. I’m big on placemaking and creating a destination and a sense of place. The food, coffee, and the fit out of a venue are all important, but how people feel is what makes people stay and come back time and time again.”
With Head Chef Daniel Wilmott taking charge in the kitchen, the menu reflects your standard timeless Aussie brunch favourites, with Daniel’s signature spin. For instance, take the 63° Dippy Eggs – complete with Avruga caviar. Have you ever had your dippy eggs served with caviar? How brilliant.
The crab and zucchini fritters are another standout as is the confit pork Benedict. Of course, you can still expect traditional goods like smashed avocado, a bacon and egg roll, and a house-made Bircher muesli.
Similarly to Talulah, the Bowie team is working alongside Sydney and Canberra-based coffee roastery, ONA Coffee.
“It is the same soul as Talulah, but just different skin. I want Bowie to become its own and for the community to have a bit of ownership about the cafe.”
Oh and if you’re thinking about how best to pronounce the business, think of the Beau in Beaumont Street, but with ‘ee’ on the end.
“One day I just said, hey, I’m heading over to Bowie! I was originally going to call it Bow, but then Bowie was way more fun. I like places to be fun and full of life and character.”
Whilst Bowie has quite literally only just opened up shop, we have a good feeling that it has already added an extra level of soul and consideration to the Beaumont Street community, and will be another institution of a venue for this hospitality gang.