Cafe of the Week – Bar 9 Outreach
A social collaboration between Bar 9 and St Vincent De Paul, Bar 9 are looking to expand upon their mission statement of Enabling Life’s Best Work through to the community.
St Vinnies for 12 years have owned and maintained the old iconic Iliad building to serve the homeless and those from their shelter. During the day time it has, until now, sat vacant. Bar9 are working with St Vincent De Paul to re-energise the space and breathe new life through the gorgeous old character laid building.
Bringing our interpretation of specialty coffee, quality breakfast and brunch served in a relaxed and approachable setting we’re really excited to work with this really unique space. With a menu that gives a polite nod to the heritage of this classic building before, this non liscensed venue should have enough nooks and crannies to suit all walks of life.
We also hope to inspire others, both those who are currently sharing tough times and also other businesses who have the capacity to perhaps help others in need, by sharing the stories and growth of all of those that we work with.
We invite you to be a part of this movement by helping us share the word, and hopefully together we can enact some real, significant and long lasting social change.
Bar 9 Outreach is located in the vine-covered premises that was once the renowned Iliad Greek restaurant. The Iliad has been closed for around 30 years and the space has since been used as a dining room by St Vincent de Paul volunteers to prepare and serve meals to homeless people.
I got s chance to catch up with the owner Ian Callahan on a recent visit to the outreach. Ian, says he was originally approached by St Vincent de Paul (SA) CEO David Wark about running a coffee training course at the site. That spurred further thought about what more he could do. They started talking about working with a shortlisted focus group of up to 12 people and taking more time to develop their confidence and skills to see what they can do and hopefully help them to get to the next level.
They serve Bar 9’s signature Five Senses coffee plus a great range of breakfasts, brunches and of course cakes.
There’s plenty of room outside for bike groups, so if you get a chance, pop in and help support a lovely venture that is looking to help the homeless.