Rory Sutherland opens restaurant
Last week the doors opened to Girona’s newest breakfast (and lunch and dinner) hotspot: Federal Cafe. Owned by Rory Sutherland, his wife Cheynna (and other partners) the cafe is part one might say of a small federation of cafes, started by two Australians in Barcelona.
Serving up to die for flat whites, scrambled eggs on toast and morning bacon burgers, its the Aussie twist on breakfast, merging in with Spanish culture and local ingredients.
“The project started about a year ago. At the end of the last season I lost my mother very suddenly to cancer. I guess I had one of those “F it” moments and decided to do something fun, for my family and for me. The company was looking to open another Federal and loved the idea of incorporating it into the Girona lifestyle. We did our due diligence and jumped in!” said Rory.
The cafe is tucked away on the old streets of Girona’s old town, stoned cobbles lead up past the cafe to the famous cathedral. “The biggest challenge is and will always be construction. Changing an ancient historical building is never easy, especially in the centre of Girona.” Rory explained, and it’s easy to see why this could be tough, when the roads can only just just fit a van through them, delivering construction supplies cannot be easy. But it has been done and the history of the building shines through, with it’s original Juliet balcony and exposed stone wall.
When entering federal though, it’s not the exposed stone wall, or the shining espresso machine one notices, its the warmth and community that beckons you in immediately. Friendly staff, the owners coming over to say hi, and more, it’s the sense of pride, and belonging. “We’re just excited about opening something that I think the people of Girona will love. Something we thought was missing in Girona, something that can improve the city and also provide structure and employment for our 11 employees.”
And Rory lastly, what should we order? “I want to leave that up to the clients. I would say step outside, try something different and hopefully enjoy the atmosphere we have strived to create.”
Federal Cafe Girona:Carrer de la Força 9 17004 Girona