Third Wheel Highett is quickly becoming a local hangout after opening in June 2023. Chefs and couple Jen Anstey and Merenia Herewini alongside business partner Suzy Kyriakopoulos launched the café, with Suzy’s status as the ‘third wheel’ in the partnership helping birth its name.
“We saw the shop was up for sale and we thought we should give it a go,” says Suzy.
The three co-founders have been in the hospitality industry for more than a decade, having worked together at Cafeteria café in Black Rock.
“Because it’s only been a month, we’re keeping it basic to begin with,” Suzy says. “Once summer hits, we’ll be bringing in the cold drips and the cold brews.”
Suzy says Toby’s Estate’s Brunswick blend was the coffee of choice due to her long-standing partnership with the brand.
“I’ve been working with them for the last 12 years, so it was a no-brainer when I was opening my own place that I would stay with the same company,” she says.
“I love their coffee, I love their service and their behind the scenes support. They’ve been amazing.”
For hungry customers, Third Wheel Highett has some unique items on the menu, including its best-selling chili eggs served with prawn toast.
“Even things like our prawn toast and salmon tartare are things you wouldn’t find in too many cafés out here,” she says.
The bright and minimalist café is a family friendly environment that Suzy says has been a welcome addition to the Highett community.
“I love the area,” she says. “I’ve noticed a lot of young couples and families around, so we try and cater towards them.”
Suzy says connecting with the community has been the highlight of her experience at Third Wheel Highett so far.
“I love providing a little escape for those who come in,” she says. “We take a lot of pride in what we offer, and we all love what we do.”
Third Wheel Highett
493 Highett Road, Highett, Victoria, 3190
Open Monday to Friday 6am — 3pm and Saturday to Sunday 7:30am — 3pm
This article appears in the October 2023 edition of BeanScene. Subscribe HERE.