Hugo Brunet

Sydney People
Hugo Brunet

Kings Cross crêperie operator

When Frenchman Hugo Brunet found himself just going through the motions of his job, he took a chance on the changing face of Kings Cross and opened a crêperie, Hugonettes, beneath the famous Coke sign. 

“Kings Cross is changing and evolving into a more peaceful neighbourhood, so I thought it was a good time to bring the tastes of home to the area.

 “Locals are happy to see small cafés opening as the strip becomes less alcohol-orientated.    

“I found it pretty easy opening a business in the area, certainly compared to a place like France. But opening a business needs a lot of work and not much sleep, so I hope I get used to that. It’s my first business so I am sure I will.

“I used to be a digital project manager for big healthcare companies. I liked what I was doing but I didn't love it and always wanted to be my own boss – that’s why I opened a cafe.  

“I'm from the southeast of France, next to Nice and Cannes, and have been in Australia for a year and a half now.

“People like the fact that I've mixed the French way of doing cre pes with the fact that it is takeaway, fast and easy. 

“The most popular crepe so far is definitely La complète – egg, ham and cheese crepe for the savoury and the classic nutella for the sweet ones.

“I'd say about 50 per cent of people buying savoury crepes are French, as they already know the product, but more locals are buying them.” 

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Last updated: Monday, 13 April 2015