Coffees, pastries and good company
Last week The Guardian caught up with the ‘‘table of knowledge’’ crew at Tatura Bakery and Lunches to get an insight into the group of men that meet every morning to catch up, discuss and enjoy a coffee together.
The group has been continuing its ritual for more than five years by kicking the day off with a quick or sometimes stretched out morning tea where they look out for one another or sometimes bring the grandchildren along.
‘‘We started to come here because of Jack Muir, he’s a nice guy and we all know him and have known him for quite some time and it was a place to freely come . . . and (we) have a bit of chat and then others sort of joined in,’’ John Freudenstein said.
Having no strict membership rules Mr Freudenstein said some days could see anything from seven to 14 people attend.
‘‘Quite a few of them are involved in community things, I think that’s probably fitting to describe what kind of people we are,’’ he said.
The group is happy to share its regular table with anyone who gets to the bakery first.
‘‘If someone’s sitting here when we come in we just start at that one, wait until they finish and then we take the table back,’’ Mr Freudenstein said.
He said one of the big things that kept the group coming back was the staff were particularly nice.
‘‘They really are, they know all of our names,’’ Mr Freudenstein said.
‘‘And we can get away with stirring them up a bit,’’ Jason Carter added.