Northern Vessel Opens First Storefront

Previously a streetside vendor, Northern Vessel, operated by T.J. Rude and Aaron Yahi, has opened its first brick-and-mortar cafe in St. Kilda’s Temple for Performing Arts location.

A new coffee shop has taken over St. Kilda’s Temple for Performing Arts location, at least temporarily. Northern Vessel, which operated a streetside cart since launching in 2019, moved into the indoor space last week, calling it home for “the foreseeable future,” the company wrote in a Facebook post.

The process started just a couple of months ago. Nothern Vessel was looking for a solution for an annual problem: How does a streetside vendor find consistent business in the winter? St. Kilda decided to “temporarily close” its Temple for Performing Arts location because of the pandemic slowdown, presenting an opportunity for Northern Vessel to take its place.

“We have done everything we could, to the best of our abilities, to make this space our own, and we are so excited to share it with you,” the company wrote on Facebook.

Northern Vessel is open from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday and 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Customers can find espresso, coffee, pastries and, on the weekends, waffles.

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