Discover the hole-in-the-wall coffee & sandwich joint on Hunter St
The ever-bustling Hunter St has recently welcomed a new coffee shop, Little Guys.
Much like the name suggests, Little Guys is a cosy, yet welcoming, space – perfect for their 'grab and go' offerings. For friends, Jacob, Rasta, and David, the title also reflects the commencement of their first independent business venture.
Meeting each other through Newcastle’s hospitality scene, the local trio has a wealth of industry experience under their belt – which they have now translated into their coffee shop.
“Dave and I are coffee connoisseurs. That’s kind of what sparked it [the business]. Brew Tales is our favourite coffee venue, so we delved into single-origin coffees over there and expanded our horizons. Right before Lockdown 2.0 was when we decided, ‘Yep, we’re doing a café’,” Jacob said.
“Rasta jumped in with his [7 years] experience as a chef and curated our little toastie menu.”
Specialising in coffee, sandwiches, and toasties, Little Guys prioritises quality over all else. Operating under their first menu rendition, the team has honed in on their local coffee production and sandwich creations.
“We’ve kind of gone in hard in terms of quality control when it comes to our coffee. With Brew Tales, we actually ran it through their roaster so, since we enjoy their coffee, it just made sense to go through their supplier.
“With the supplier, we’re currently running our house blend, Dark Owl). We’re also looking at throwing in a batch brew and our single origins, which we’ll have rotating.”
As for food, the menu itself includes the Little Kim Reuben (a kimchi Reuben variation), Little Pig (pork sausage), Little Jerk (jerk chicken), Little Cheesy (Swiss Cheese, parmesan, and pecorino), and Little Classic (ham and cheese) toasties, alongside custom sandwich options. As of now, the Little Classic has been considered the staple favourite, with the Little Kim Reuben a close second favourite.
“Our menu at the moment currently focuses on toasties. A lot of them are very classic toasties done really well and with our own little spin on it. We’ve just changed things up a little bit and made it our own, which people love,” Rasta said.
In line with seasonal changes, the team is also keen to create more menu options whilst continuing to keep their classics on board.
“There’s definitely things coming… We want things that are more Summery to have while it’s hot. That’s the plan - to change up our menu as we move into different seasons, and supply what everyone wants.”
Alongside their Hunter St shop, Little Guys have recently launched their food truck. In the last few weeks, the Little Guys team has started operating at the Glendale Farmers and Artisans Market on Saturdays and at the local favourite Newcastle City Farmers Market on Sundays.
Following their launch in July, the team are already looking to the future for expansion opportunities.
“We’ve got the van happening at the moment so, ideally, we definitely want to open another space where we have a full sit-down kit and kaboodle - but that’s definitely with time,” Jacob said.
Little Guys are open 7 days, Monday through to Friday from 6.30am–2pm, and across the weekends from 6.30am–1pm.