Coffee shops are the perfect place to enjoy a cup of joe, but not everyone is up for it.
A new cafe has opened in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, offering patrons an alternative to sitting in a cafe and a coffee shop.
It’s called Unique Coffee Tables, and it’s a small place with only a few tables.
Owner and founder of the cafe, Ian Wilson, said the idea came to him after he went back to his father’s home after a night out.
“The last time I was in Melbourne, I got to be in a coffee bar.
I thought it would be fun to do that again and that was the first idea that came to me,” he said.
Mr Wilson said it took him six months to get the concept off the ground, but he said the response has been overwhelmingly positive.
Customers can book their spot online, or in person by visiting the cafe.
They will be asked to fill out an online form to confirm they are over 18 years old, and to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The cafe will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 11am to 5pm Monday to Saturday.
Its only open to customers aged 18 and over.
Once you book your spot, the owner said there will be a short waiting time.
He said he’s not trying to be trendy, but wants customers to feel at home in the cafe environment.
Unique Coffee Tables is currently open for business on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Coffee shop owners in Australia have to apply to have their businesses recognised as a cafe.
If they do, they get a $50 grant from the Department of Human Services.
While Mr Wilson is keen to open a coffee business, he said he’d prefer to stay in the community to create a more comfortable environment for his patrons.
Ian Wilson said he has a big plan for the cafe in the future.
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