About Us


The Building


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.

The Name


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.

The Lyrics


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

Contact & Location


Contact Us


Phone: (02) 6162 3355

26 Giles Street
Kingston, ACT, 2604

Trading Hours


Monday – Friday
Saturday
Sunday

07.00am – late
08.00am – late
08.00am – 04.00pm

Employment


Keen on employment at an innovative restaurant, in one of Canberra’s funkiest suburbs?

Me and Mrs Jones is located in thriving Kingston. You will work with a great clientele, in an amazing fitout and with management dedicated to provide thorough training.

We periodically take on new staff. If you’re interested in having your name added to our data base, simply send in a two-page resume (maximum), outlining your specific hospitality experience, to:

[email protected]

Function Menus 2014


Set Menu
Banquet Menu

Functions


Want your function to be held in a warm and inviting space with one of the most amazing fitouts in Canberra?

If so, book our private function area. It is the perfect, intimate space for groups of up to 30. The space has massive windows that are thrown open in warmer months, bringing the outdoors in. You even have your own waiting staff.

The private function room is truly unique. Featured is an amazing black and white photograph of Kingston in the mid-1920s, long and comfortable bench seating and original brickwork with original bits of local newspaper clippings uncovered during renovations. It’s a truly intimate, interesting space — suitable for business meetings, special occasions and other private gatherings.

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.

Menu


Function Menus 2014


Set Menu
Banquet Menu

Breakfast & Lunch


Download or view the Breakfast and Lunch Menu (PDF) here

Dinner


Download or view the Dinner Menu (PDF) here




Me and Mrs Jones is named after a soul song originally recorded by Billy Paul in 1972.

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