Me and Mrs Jones graces the corner of Giles and Kennedy Street. It’s a picturesque location, complete with pretty flower boxes, a charming red picket fence and signage reminiscent of the mid-1920s when the building first opened. The detailed fitout takes you back in time—perfect given Canberra’s Centenary. Every inch of this 1927 building tells a story and holds respect for the historical aspects of the architecture and its importance in the Kingston area. A private function area exposes original brickwork, complete with a crack zigzagging up one wall and bits of old, local newspaper articles uncovered and left exposed, adding to the nostalgic feel. The strapping under the outside awning has even been meticulously reproduced. Everything is custom made or carefully sourced. The recycled floor is from a North Queensland barn and table tops made from Australian recycled hardwood (blackbutt and tallowwood). The exquisitely decorated tiles—brown, mustard and green—are from Europe, authentic caged light fixtures from an old underground mine (rewired to Australian standards) and the massive clock from a Czechoslovakian railway station (check out the time and guess why the clock is stuck on 6.30 pm on one side). These are but a few of the many fun elements of the fitout, all talking points in their own right. The kitchen is open concept with fresh micro herbs within easy reach of the kitchen brigade, headed by Daniel McConnell, who worked at Sydney’s Quay Restaurant under the famous Peter Gilmore. The pastry cabinet near the bustling coffee area showcases the delicate work of pastry chef Tony Muscat. And front of house is smiling Simon Spence.
Me and Mrs Jones is named after a soul song originally recorded by Billy Paul in 1972. Like the number-one single, the restaurant is also a smash hit. The song is about the extramarital affair between a man, and his lover, Mrs Jones. The two used to sneak off to meet at the same corner café, every day at the same time, 6.30 pm. We’ve branded the restaurant around the ‘thing going on’ between these two secret lovers and periodically play the famous song that their relationship inspired.
Me and Mrs Jones We got a thing going on We both know that it’s wrong But it’s much too strong to let it go now We meet every day at the same café 6.30 and no one know she’ll be there Holding hands, making all kinds of plans While the jukebox plays our favourite songs Me and Mrs Jones, Mrs Jones, Mrs Jones, Mrs Jones We got a thing going on Both know that it’s wrong But it’s much too strong to let it go now We gotta be extra careful That we don’t build our hopes up too high ‘Cause she’s got her own obligations And so do I Me and Mrs Jones, Mrs Jones, Mrs Jones, Mrs Jones, Mrs Jones Well its time for us to be leaving And it hurts so much; it hurts so much inside And now she’ll go her way and I’ll go mine But tomorrow we’ll meet at the same place, the same time Me and Mrs Jones, Mrs, Mrs, Mrs Jones (Same place) We both know that it’s wrong (Same time) Every day at the same café (Same place) We’ve got a thing going on; you know that it’s wrong (Same time) Since it’s original release, the song Me and Mrs Jones has been covered by many artists including, recently, Canada’s Michael Buble. See Michael Buble’s version here