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THE BUREAU CAFE

Updated: Sep 22, 2023

Outgrowing the inital Slack-Smith Financial office, Mark and Susie Slack-Smith discovered 169 Marius Street on the market. Purchasing the beautiful building, previously the Tamworth Youth Hostel, located across the road from the Tamworth Train Station, is now proudly the home of Slack-Smith Financial and The Bureau Cafe.


Before a year long renovation ensued, the unique, 100 year old building had many quirky spaces and hidden features, a brick kitchen in the basement complete with the original fireplace and serving windows where train drivers were fed after their shift. Pressed metal ceilings, staircases and more fireplaces were uncovered during the renovation including vintage champagne bottles and cigarette packets from the 1950's. The Slack-Smiths wanted to retain as many of the original features whilst adding a timeless and homely finish to the interiors. The fusion of old and new designed to pay homage to the buildings history whilst creating a meeting place for professionals in the CBD.


With heavy foot traffic and beautiful North facing windows and views, Mark and Susie decided the lower floor at street level would be wasted on anything but a cafe. Creating The Bureau concept, with monument walls, greenery, tan booth seating and stone top benches, The Bureau has a French bakery vibe with dark finishes that offers the feeling of a warm hug upon entry. Now operated by the CH Group, The Bureau is just one part of the buildings concept, conveniently located below the Slack-Smith Financial office, catering to the community, fueling the Slack-Smith Financial team and their clients.



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