“Table for 3 please!” I stroll into a much stalked haunt from my instagram account (Ground Roasters) For so long this isolated Brisbane local had been keeping a close eye on this place. Drooling at every farmers market cart of fresh produce. Lusting over the blooms created from the onsite florist. A virtual farm huddled in Alexandria, with a huge warehouse café, THE GROUNDS coffee roasters and an enormous garden terrace housing chooks, herbs and veggies, pizza bar a fenced playground and one very famous pig aptly named: Kevin Bacon.
Turns out some swine loathing scumbags had nabbed Kevin Bacon and his pen mate Bradley the sheep! I get that city folk don’t really get to see real-live-farm animals often and I get that “times are tough” while food or pets may be scarce, these ballsy thieves made off with the sheep and pig under the cover of darkness! A national campaign had begun and CCTV footage was release to the public in order to flush out the farm animal nappers.
After returning from Sydney this was posted on The grounds facebook page: The Grounds of Alexandria is delighted to announce that family members Kevin Bacon and Bradley (our much loved pig and lamb), have been safely found in country Victoria after being stolen from their home on 4 October.
The Grounds were contacted by the owner of an animal shelter in Goongerah over the weekend stating she received a pig and lamb. She also mentioned that the pig was ill and was waiting for the vet to arrive. The animals have now been taken care of on location at the veterinary clinic in Orbost due to Kevin recovering from anxiety and an infection, which developed during his capture. Bradley is in good health.
After verifying that the animals were in fact Kevin and Bradley, The Grounds contacted police and have begun plans for their safe return to Sydney.
On behalf of everyone here at The Grounds of Alexandria, we’d like to thank the community and media for their unbelievable support since Kevin and Bradley were taken from their home with us. We held genuine concern for their safety after thieves broke in and we have now increased security to ensure this will never happen again.
The date of Kevin Bacon and Bradley’s return is expected to be known later this week.
Despite all the commotion lets get back to what you can expect from this great establishment:
The building, an 1800 square metre pie factory from the early twentieth century. Now heritage listed conversion of culinary delight.
Designer Caroline Choker was a finalist in 2012 for the Sydney Design Award for this exceptional interior. As much as the interior and grounds is soulful, so is the food.
This place offers a truley holistic approach to the idea of garden to plate. Nurturing lifestyle through fine eating, dining in lush surrounds all the while the kids have a place to play so you can have a moments piece. AND its smack bang in the middle of Alexandria. Just flown in and leaving the airport? go there! go there now!
Know of a place I should check out next time I’m in sydney? I’m up for suggestions