‘New store, who dis?’ Black Star Pastry is on the move, closing its original Newtown location for a brand new spot new the station.
Opened by Christopher Thé on Australia Street in 2008, Black Star Pastry has become an icon of Newtown in the ensuing 13 years. While the original store was very popular, the location lacked foot traffic – something that is not an issue at the new store on King Street, just metres away from the Newtown station which opened February 12.
“Newtown is incredibly important to us and we wanted to stay as close to our roots as possible,” Josef Murray, Black Star’s general manager told Broadsheet.
“The new store has given us an opportunity to design something that is fit for purpose. It’ll be a more comfortable and atmospheric experience for guests enjoying their morning coffee and croissant, or even sitting for lunch.”
With wooden rolling pins framing the counter, a marble entry and high ceilings, the Parisian-patisserie style new store is another creation from Studio MKZ (which also was responsible for Black Star Pastry’s store at The Galleries, Sydney).
Black Star has a worldwide following with the New York Times declaring its famous Strawberry Watermelon Cake “the world’s most Instagrammed cake”.
Christopher Thé’s Strawberry Watermelon Cake consists of a slice of ripe, juicy watermelon between layers of soft almond dacquoise (meringue cake) and rosewater whipped cream, with a top decorated with strawberries, pistachios and dried rose petals, giving it its beautiful, bright appearance.