If dreams come true for owner Ash Houghton, District will be whatever the community wants it to be. The locally focused café has applications for both later trading and to serve booze all in an effort to hopefully become an all-encompassing space for whoever wants to use it.
“I want it to be a queer space that people can go to any time of day and night, basically like a second lounge room.” Ash explains.
District is somewhat of a passion project for Ash, who also runs Satellite Newtown. It’s about creating a space for people to enjoy themselves. Inspired by bars in Berlin, Ash hopes people will come, have something to eat, a coffee, maybe a drink, listen to some house, whatever they want. Ultimately turning District into a place for people who want to be amongst like-minded people.
“We only have the Bearded Tit. Other than that there will be a few places that do an odd queer night, or a pop-up event but nothing constant, not in the inner-west anyway, not in Newtown.” Says Houghton.
The space is ornate, with red velvet chairs, marble benches and mosaic style tables. This is all accompanied with colourful mural art of Joan Crawford and David Bowie. The colour is softened by large indoor plants as well as those hanging from the ceiling in tyre swings.
“You don’t want to just sit around your own home, and that’s why people live in the inner west, it’s to have things like cafes, bars, shows, creative spaces.” Houghton adds.
The café currently serves breakfast to lunch, with a range of middle-eastern inflected menu items and coffee from local roasters, The Golden Cobra.
“My personal fave is the lamb sanga, very Aussie….but it’s just one of those things that people love.” With Slow cooked Moroccan lamb, gruyere and granny smith slaw its easy to see why.
The concept for the food is going to be continued on the night-time menu if the trading is extended, with a range of share-plates represented the middle-eastern way of eating and sharing with family and friends.
District is an alternative, it’s an effort to force change, and provide an alternative for the locals of the inner west.
107 Addison Rd, Marrickville
(02) 8065 4572
Mon to Sun 9am–4pm