“Rat The Café” located in the backstreets of Thornbury, opposite a local primary school is for sale. With a long lease in place, great rent, and healthy profits, this café won’t be around for very long.

This business tells a story like no other. ‘Rat The Café’ was named ‘Rat’ as an acronym for ‘root and tip’. The business owner had a vision of adopting a waste-free approach. This has been achieved by building a menu and looking to parts of an ingredient that would usually be thrown away for inspiration. Most of the raw materials used are either organic or biodynamic, and suppliers are chosen based on whether they value minimal intervention processes.

The menu changes frequently depending on what’s most abundant and readily available – and is a celebration of doing a few things really, really well. You won’t find the usual breakfast items that you see in other mainstream cafes. What you will find are unique menu items that not only taste delicious but are also good for our environment.

The fit out of this shop has also been thoughtfully sought out with the sustainability focus extending to its décor. It is a light, airy space dotted with pot plants made from recycled plastic.  You will discover faux leather chairs behind simple chipboard tables made from offcuts.

With a local primary school across the road, this business proudly claims to be a neighbourhood specialty coffee shop. There is the opportunity to continue with the current business model or create something completely different. Regardless, the business name is etched in the local community making it well-known. Having been featured across multiple digital websites such as Broadsheet, Timeout and received a five-star rating from The Good Food, this business name is not going anywhere!

There is the opportunity to further develop this business by obtaining a liquor license, broadening the menu items, and to take on an owner-operator business model.

If you have ever thought about owning your own café in a thriving neighbourhood, this is the one! Contact NICK on 0419 589 852 to find out more.


  • Monthly rent of $2047.25
  • Long-secure lease in place
  • Trading hours are: Mon – Sat: 8 am – 2:00 pm & Sun: 9 :00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Weekly takings of $15,000
  • Weekly net profit of $1125
  • Under-management
  • Can accommodate up to 45 diners
  • 25kg of coffee is used per week

All equipment is owned and included in this sale