Former police officer and coffee aficionado, Leigh Schultz, has ambitious plans for his newly opened Urbanistar Café in Northbridge, with an expansion into West Perth on the cards.
And the time could be right for Mr Schultz, who says he bought a big clock five years ago in the hope it would one day become the centrepiece of his dream cafe.
The clock now takes pride of place on the colourful walls of Urbanistar Café, on William Street, which opened early this month.
But a second timepiece may soon be needed, with Mr Schultz enthusiastic about the prospect of opening a second outlet, in West Perth.
He says an arcade similar to that at 189 William Street, where Urbanistar is housed, is changing hands in West Perth, with the sale due to settle in a few weeks.
Although Mr Schultz didn’t disclose the name of the new owners, he says he has been in contact with them regarding a lease for a possible Urbanistar Café. He says that he is hoping to open a second cafe in six months.
Mr Schultz spent six years in the police force and has operated a commercial cleaning business for five years to finance development of Urbanistar Café.
“During that time I have been checking out all the new cafes which opened around Perth to find inspiration...one of my biggest influences probably was Cafe 130, on Oxford Street in Leederville.” Mr Schultz told Gusto.
Urbanistar Café sells the West Perth-roasted Fiori coffee as well as various European influenced sandwiches, salads and cakes.
Located in a secluded corner of the Arcade 189 William Street, away from the hustle and bustle of the car and foot traffic, Urbanistar Café has an alfresco area and can seat up to 50 people.
The cafe is decorated with several quirky coffee percolators, black-and-white retro pictures, and has a relaxed feel.
It is open from 7am to 6pm on weekdays, 8am to 6pm on Saturday and 12pm to 5pm on Sunday.