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Wildflour sprouts another bloom in Weston Creek

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Like many Canberra hospitality operators, Michael Rose found the city’s lockdown a heavy burden to bear as he suffered massive operating losses at his Wildflour bakeries and Espresso Room cafes and struggled to keep his staff employed.

Yet this month Mick is showing the city that he is back, opening not only a new Espresso Room in Tuggeranong but proudly unveiling a much-anticipated new Wildflour Bakery for Weston Creek. The bakery was almost sold out by noon, such was the demand his signature sourdough in the burgeoning Cooleman Court. “It is a busy spot and I have had my eye on it for five or six years,” Michael said.

With a mix of older residents and new families moving in plus a slew of new eateries and cafes to enjoy, Weston Creek’s shopping centre pulls large crowds, particularly on the weekends. So a spot at Wildflour’s long banquet to stop for an asparagus and truffle quiche, or a chorizo and pork sausage roll with a strong latte from ONA coffee, seems to be just what the doctor ordered.

As new customers arrived yesterday to the signature Wildflour blue fit-out, Michael was stopped by a few to thank him profusely for setting up there. “It’s quite humbling when that happens. I am honestly glad to be able to be able to keep going despite how tough the year has been. It is great for my staff and I have had to really show leadership to keep things all moving forward despite the circumstances.”

It’s not the first time Michael has had to come out of a lockdown swinging. He opened Wildflour in Kingston last year after the first lockdown, in addition to his flagship Wildflour Fyshwick Bakery which began in 2019.

The enormous kitchen in Fyshwick will still be pumping out the artisanal range of breads and sourdoughs and pastry orders while all the hot pies, quiches and sausage rolls will be made on site at the Kingston and new Weston stores. Wildflour Weston will also feature a seasonal and ever-changing array of cakes and sweet baked goods including brioches, Danishes, muffins brownies, slices, cookies, gluten-free muesli bars and cinnamon scrolls which will be available if you get there early enough (we only just managed to snap the last lemon meringue croissant to test whether it was as addictive as the coconut and mango croissant and can attest it is worth setting an alarm for)!

There will also be a daily selection of Wildflour’s signature sandwiches, including the popular Rueben with mustard, mayo, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, pastrami pickles and mixed leaves, or the vegetarian option featuring pesto mayo, roasted eggplant, beetroot, capsicum, mixed leaves and crumbled fetta.

Meanwhile, you can stock up on your favourite ONA coffee blend as Michael and coffee guru and former World Barista Champion Sasia Sestic have been partners for fifteen years. There is also a range of bespoke chocolates made by a local chocolatier, Kokoartisan and house-made dressing and oils to purchase.

The bakery is located on the main thoroughfare opposite the supermarket with seating inside and out. Look for the distinctive mural of wheat and wildflowers painted by Canberra conceptual artist John Voir (he also did the Kingston mural), bold branding by Jon Shirley, and the large silver whisk light shades. And, if opening day was anything to go on, be prepared to line up.

The Essentials:

Wildflour Weston
Where: Cooleman Court
Hours: 7am to 5pm, 7 days a week
Contact: wildflour.com.au

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