The best Australian dining spots with garage doors
Garage doors probably don’t spring to mind when you think of a restaurant or café. But some of the best and most popular dining spots in Australia use garage doors for style, access and atmosphere.
Check out these dining locations that use garage doors that are anything but old and clunky, giving them an appealing aesthetic and supporting smooth flowing behind-the-scenes operations.
1. Laika Coffee – Perth
11 Lathlain Pl, Lathlain WA 6100
This garage door does more than simply closes the property at night and create an easy access entryway. It looks good doing it and adds to the entire aesthetic of Laika Coffee’s industrial-chic design. The aluminium frame and acrylic inserts add security with a touch of natural light, creating a bright, open, welcoming atmosphere.
2. Baba’s Place – Sydney
20 Sloane Street Marrickville
Tucked away in an industrial warehouse, Baba’s Place serves up a vast and diverse array of food with a nod to the various immigrant cultures in the Sydney community. The roller door is a heavy-duty, steel roller shutter, and though it appears quite big, it can be easy to use with a power-operated opener.
3. Riley Street Garage – Sydney
55 Riley St, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
With its industrial style, it’s unsurprising that the popular Japanese restaurant has a garage door in use. Though you’ll walk in through the front glass doors, the service entry at the back uses a steel roller shutter door to make their deliveries easy. The street runs on a slope, but that’s not a problem for custom-made doors with a tapered bottom rail.
4. Roller Door Espresso – Gold Coast
2/85 Ashmore Rd, Bundall QLD 4217
Roller Door Espresso uses its garage door to contain its entire service area. They literally roll up the door to start service. Cleverly designed in black and custom-made to fit out of sight, the door becomes invisible once it’s rolled up.
5. The Emporium Parramatta – Sydney
51 Phillip St, Parramatta NSW 2150
The Emporium’s garage door may not be their main service entry, and may only be used for deliveries and access, but it’s also been used to add street appeal to their outdoor design and style. The black steel roller door is an easy way to blend in with an industrial chic, raw, unfiltered alleyway-styled area.
6. Rollers Bakehouse – Manly
19 Rialto Ln, Manly NSW 2095
Rollers Bakehouse has used this counterweight door in a fantastic, creative way. An easy way to open and close your hole-in-the-wall cafe, a counterweight door with glass panels brings with it a higher level of sophistication and class.
7. 10 Toes Brewery – Sunshine Coast
4/127A Sugar Rd, Alexandra Headland QLD 4572
Breweries like 10 Toes on the Sunshine Coast get the ultimate benefits out of incorporating garage doors in their warehouse design. With easy access for large deliveries and high access for equipment and machinery, industrial steel roller doors like these make the perfect entrance way to fit the brewery-themed style, while being a useful, practical addition to the property. Want to get extra creative? Inside, 10 Toes have been known to hang a projector screen to use the back of the door as a screen to watch the latest sporting event!
8. Common People Brewing Co – Bangalow
9 Dudgeons Ln, Bangalow NSW 2479
Check out all the natural light that flows in when the doors of the Common People Brewing Co are opened! Using a large steel roller door to complete the industrial brewery look, this dining space feels spacious, open and industrial-luxe.
9. Bay Ten Espresso – Sydney
10 Middlemiss St, Lavender Bay NSW 2060
Garage door turned statement piece. Bay Ten Espresso is a garage door restaurant with a twist. When it’s open, the steel roller door rolls up to disappear into the industrial chic interior design they are famous for. When it’s closed, it’s a work of art and fits perfectly into the creative culture of their surrounding area.
10. BE.AN by Workshop Bros – Melbourne
410 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
This cafe literally opens and closes by using its beautifully designed custom garage door. As a hidden space on a busy street, the garage door lets them make the most of the real estate they have above and below by opening up the entire wall to their customers. With a custom roller door finish, it looks the part, fitting perfectly into the busy Melbourne coffee scene.
11. Rumble Coffee Roasters – Kensington
8 Thompson St, Kensington VIC 3031
Double dipping in the benefits of garage doors for restaurants and cafes, Rumble Coffee Roasters use garage doors at both the front and back of the property. At the back, the roller door rolls right up to allow easy access for deliveries, trucks and roasting equipment. At the front, it makes a welcoming entrance that fits the industrial-arts design style of the area.
12. King William Takeaway – Melbourne
487 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000
Another dining spot that uses its garage door as a work of art, King William Takeaway uses its laneway roller door to maximise its space, opening up right in front of its service area and food cabinets. Its graffiti-styled door art stamps their mark on the street even when they’re not there and is easily repainted and replaced when it’s time for a new look.
13. Small Batch Roasting – Melbourne
3-9 Little Howard St, North Melbourne VIC 3051
This back alley coffee roastery and cafe use its custom garage door to blend into its surroundings while creating a wide open entryway. This garage door gives them the best in both access and industrial design.
Interested in garage door solutions for your restaurant or cafe?
If you want the best in safety, open-air design and industrial chic style for your restaurant or cafe, you can’t go wrong with a garage door. Rolled up they create a wide-open welcoming space and closed they can be used as creative pieces of art while providing heavy-duty security solutions.
If you’re thinking about incorporating a garage door into your restaurant, cafe or new building project, we have a wide range of custom solutions that can fit both your practical and aesthetic design needs.
Contact us today to chat with a garage door expert or to get a free measure and quote.