Local Hawthorn café The Pantry on Egmont has been listed in the RSPCA’s top three South Australian Human Food Eateries as a part of their Choose Wisely directory.

The directory lists eateries all over the country that are committed to serving humane food and let conscious consumers know who to support and where to frequent.

Self-described as a good karma café, The Pantry on Egmont’s owner Silas Ulbrich says he likes to think his business is sustainable in every aspect.

“Our takeaway is 100% compostable. We compost every single thing, everything we possibly can, within our store. Very little actually goes into hard waste,” he says.

“We do it so I can feel good about myself and my business. We’re doing the best we possibly can for the community, and for my kids. I think there’s a sense of pride, we’re really trying.”

It was this passion and commitment to the community that helped Silas push, not only his business, but local suppliers, through the challenges of Covid-19.

“We’ve always been a community-focused establishment, but we really ramped that up and tried to think about our local community and how we could all support each other,” he says.

With so much free space within The Pantry on Egmont through Covid-19, Silas created a pop-up shop to start selling their small local suppliers’ goods.

“Wherever we possibly could, we started selling these products onto our guests in a way to support all the other suppliers that we not only ordinarily use, but new ones too. It went really well,” he explains.

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🚨Exciting News🚨 . Tomorrow restrictions are easing again 🙌🏻🙌🏻 . Social distancing and hygiene rules are still in place but now we will have more seats available 👍🏻 . These are the policies we are working with: . 1️⃣Based on the 2sqm rule we can have a maximum of 22 people seated inside and 12 people seated outside . 2️⃣During peak times if you would like to sit at a table we are asking that you order a meal from our DINE-IN ONLY MENU . 3️⃣Our tables are for WALK-INS ONLY (you may have a short wait but it is rarely more than 5-10mins) . 4️⃣We ask that if you are feeling unwell you grab something from our TAKEAWAY MENU . We promise we will continue to serve you amazing food, coffee and house made treats in a COVID SAFE environment 😊 . Thank you so much for being apart of our community and we hope you will continue to support us ❤️❤️

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Silas also credits the café’s consistent flood of guests — regulars and newcomers — to this dedication to the community.

“We know all of our guests and we know everything about our guests. When they come in, it’s like catching up with mates. We always go out of our way to check in with them and see how they are doing,” he says.

“I think that’s why people come to us; because we really enjoy being a part of the community and we really like that aspect of what we do. I enjoy cooking for people, but I enjoy the personal connection more.”.

You can find The Pantry on Egmont here.