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another new bottle shop for Smith St

This is a surprise. The former Soulfood (and momentarily Hex) cafe space is to become a bottle shop. Across the road the former cleanskin shop has become a soulless chain bottle shop, and further south the former Vibe (and briefly Seraphim) is also undergoing a fitout to become another bottle shop.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

lunch at Picanteria at Harley House

I first tried Peruvian food at Panca in New York City and I enjoyed it very much. It has become one of the new food trends in Melbourne, following on from the Mexican trend. By chance I noticed the menu for a new place called Picanteria...Show More Summary

Nothing much happened and I loathed/loved it

I was about to write two blog posts about two separate works- a book and a film- until I realized that they were in many ways very similar.  For both of them, I’d have to say that not much happened, … Continue reading ?

And a very good Banyule Festival was had by all….

Yes, it’s March and so it’s Banyule Festival again.  And so there we were, all frocked up for Twilight Sounds at Sills Bend, my favourite place in the world and which should be on the Victorian Heritage Register.  The weather … Continue reading ?

Vietnamese vegan cuisine coming soon to Brunswick St

A new sign on the building that was the Oven pizza says Fina’s 2 Vietnamese vegan cuisine. It looks like another addition to the vegan / vegetarian precinct on Brunswick St north of Johnston St, with Radhey and Transporter being other recent arrivals.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Cafe Klein has closed

The odd little experiment that was Cafe Klein on Brunswick St has closed. It featured an uninspiring dark aesthetic and, for a period, a retro trucker / bikie clientele or owner. I don’t know who it was meant to appeal to.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

from Burlesque to Marquis to Vice

Johnston Street’s bar strip has not been doing well in recent years. Bars and other businesses publicly declared two years ago that they had been struggling to survive. The Burlesque bar closed in 2013, to be replaced by the Marquis, which in turn closed in 2014 and Vice opened.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Era vintage bridal is moving

This was entirely predictable because this shop was in absolutely the wrong location. Era is moving to a more modest location in a shared space space off Smith St. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Dean

Found outside the Vegie Bar on Rose St this morning. I suspect Dean had fun last night. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

shut up

Quite. I think we’ve had enough of these increasingly abstract and cryptic paste-ups. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Peace in Australia: From Federation to the Aftermath of War

So there I was at a packed Melbourne Unitarian Peace Memorial Church on Monday night for the second forum presented by the ANZAC Centenary Peace Coalition.  Chaired by the Quakers, the night started with Joy Damousi who reminded us of … Continue reading ?

Efes kebabs has closed

More sadface. Efes was one of the better kebab shops on Smith St and the staff were always friendly. What will open here next? … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Back ‘er up

What is it with all these books with a woman’s back on them?  Perhaps images are cheaper if they’re facing the other way.  I shall make a collection, I think.

Miss Katie’s Crab Shack to open in the Rochester Hotel on Johnston St

This is the bestest news. I’ve had too many closures to write about recently. After being closed for almost a year the Rochester Castle hotel is to reopen as the new home for the excellent Miss Katie’s Crab Shack, formerly of The Public Bar on Victoria Street, North Melbourne (opposite the Queen Victoria Market).… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Monsieur Truffe has closed

I don’t usually cover business closures on the other side of Smith St, but this is a real loss. Monsieur Truffe is gone and I am sadface. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

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