Photos: Katherine Lowe
Captains of Industry is an out of the way cafe down an alleyway off a side-street that runs perpindicular to Elizabeth Street in the Melbourne CBD. Set up by a tailor and a bespoke shoemaker, the story, as it was told to me, goes a little something like this: These two guys had a huge studio space, and needed some extra money to help pay the bills, so they decided to start up a cafe in the largest of the three (or so) rooms. From the numbers they were bringing through the doors when I was in there, I'd say that their money troubles are most likely over. While we were there (I had the pear and blue cheese sandwich and a Mars Bar rice crispie), a cool looking boy and girl sat across the table from us. He was the very spitting image of English model/musician George Barnett. Doppelgangers in the extreme. When he got up to pay, I told his female companion. We all became instant pals. The moral of the story is this: if you want people to like you, tell them they look like models.
I LIKE YOU!