A franchise of the ‘stoner cafe’ D’Munchies could occupy part of the rebuilt Nimbin Museum which was destroyed by fire in 2014. Photo : Mireille Merlet-Shaw/The Northern Star
A franchise of the ‘stoner cafe’ D’Munchies could occupy part of the rebuilt Nimbin Museum which was destroyed by fire in 2014. Photo : Mireille Merlet-Shaw/The Northern Star Mireille Merlet-Shaw

D’Munchies ‘stoner cafe’ could open in rebuilt Nimbin Museum

A FRANCHISE of a Sydney cafe opening today targeted at cannabis smokers could potentially open in the rebuilt Nimbin Museum.

Sydney chef David Pyne’s D’Munchies cafe opens at 4.20pm on King St, Newton, with a menu designed to satisfy ‘stoners’.

The wacky, indulgent combinations of junk food and munchie snacks includes pretzel baguettes, crunchy pretzel infused ice cream, ice cream sandwiches, burgers with prosciutto and brie, pepperoni pizza hot dogs, old fashioned style Aussie doughnuts and deep-fried ravioli nachos.

Customers can also create their own custom ice creams using ingredients such as pretzels, sour worms, gummy bears and chocolate sauce, Nutella and 100's and 1000's.

During his career Mr Pyne has worked in two Michelin starred restaurants in the UK, and various locations in Sydney.

For the first three days D’Munchies will open at 4.20pm, a code (420) related to smoking marijuana and also the date that marijuana is celebrated in the US and Canada.

“We're having a bit of fun with the menu and it's about the atmosphere we create in there as well,” Mr Pyne told the Daily Mail Australia.

“Obviously what we’re about is a bit different to other places.”

Nimbin Hemp Embassy president Michael Balderstone said a franchise of D’Munchies could be welcomed in a rebuilt Nimbin Museum.

“Getting the munchies is an early reaction to people getting stoned and smoking cannabis is fantastic for people needing an appetite stimulant,” he said.

“Its tragic that we can’t have real weed in the food.

“I think, already, that a lot of the cafes in Nimbin do well out of people with the munchies, they haven’t formally written it up there.”

When he heard of the D’Munchies concept, Mr Balderstone said he thought it was a great idea.

“I think anything that normalises cannabis use, even if there is no cannabis in it, can only be helpful,” he said.

“This is part of the growing awareness that smoking cannabis is considered normal by a lot of people.

“I think he would have to get through council’s rules to have a cafe in Nimbin but good luck to him.

“If he’s a chef who understands what cannabis users like he’s got a ready-made market here in Nimbin.”



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