Feb 12, 2016 Cafes
It’s here! It’s here!
When Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar opened in 2013 it hit the God spot. It happened pre-#peakmoustache, before food emojis had become common currency, and it did something to us. It made people camp on Wellesley St at 5am, eager to be the first to try the cookies of Deanna Yang’s childhood in the zeitgeisty flavours of Oreo Marshmallow and Nutella. We were bloody parched, our thirst quenched only by milkshakes rendered irresistible by so-Pinterest-it-hurt retro milk bottles. God it was Instagrammable.
While many are, no doubt, beginning to regret their cutesy moustache tattoos of just three years, the cookie brand has retained its cool. Almost 30,000 people like Moustache on Facebook and the community of loyal followers saved the day last year when a drastic rent hike threatened to close the business; Yang crowd-funded an astonishing $91K. It’s been put towards the Moustache Milk & Cookie Bus, a school bus that has been lovingly refit to purpose, with a surprisingly spacious, fully operating kitchen and small seating area. Customers can rebelliously eat their cookies and flavoured milk under a “NO smoking, drinking, eating” sign left-over from the bus’ school days while watching the Mo-team bake the day’s goods from scratch. The fun has been well and truly put back into fundraising.
You can find The Moustache Milk and Cookie Bus in Aotea Sq this week until Sunday, and will be parked regularly at Sylvia Park from Monday. For full opening hours and future movements, follow Moustache on Facebook.
Photos by Alice Harbourne.