Chris Starke and the Youeni team have taken the wholesome food experience to the west, opening their third retail food-store in Sydney's north-western epicentre, Castle Hill.

Touted as the flagship store for the whole operation – with a focus on internally crafted retail products and education – it’s been a quick turnaround since opening the second store in Surry Hills. But as Starke explains, it was always part of the plan and in the works for a little while. And even if people didn’t know it was coming, the response has been great so far.

Starke has shifted the focus with the new venue from a cafe to a food retail store, which is built around both dine-in and take-home options, including a complete bakery section, turning out fresh breads and pastries daily. They’ll also kick it up a notch on the take-home food front.


  • General collaboration on interior fit-out
  • Design of brand identity and themes
  • Signage and graphic design
  • Media liaison and promotion
  • Business co-management
  • Collaborating on establishing internal systems
  • Collaboration on menu development
  • Hiring, co-training and co-rostering staff
  • Website design
  • Content copywriting

Architect: George Livissianis   |   Design: Chris Starke   |   Photographer: Elize Strydom