Mascot is a suburb approximately 7kms south of the Sydney CBD. It has a mixture of residential, commercial and industrial zones. I’ve worked in the industrial area for the last few years.
When we were kids we held our noses when we drove down O’Riordan Street because of the awful smells from the soap and tanning factories. Today with the gentry moving in the smell you get along O’Riordan street is from the leather of the upholstery of the BMW’s, Range Rovers, Jags and other expensive up market automobiles that are sold from glass palace showroom floors.
One quaint thing about the suburb is the ‘sandwich shops’, now ‘Cafés’ which can be found in every nook and cranny wedged between smash repair shops and export factories , banks and publishers, car rental businesses and freight dispatch firms.
They cling to life in small unimportant buildings providing sustenance to workers and passing truck drivers. Open from 5.30am/6.00am to 2.30pm/3.00pm they feed and feed off the many thousands who start work long before most of us get up.
One such café is the Ricketty Street “Gourmet Café”. I purchased my lunch there today, a nice fresh sandwich. The new owners are very pleasant and friendly and the hot food bar is just what the factory worker and passing trucker needs.
I love these little places. They fulfill a need and have done so for nearly 100 years and really are the essence of small business. Good luck to all of them I imagine it’s a bloody hard business to be in. Over the next few months I’m going to visit as many of them as I can.