So what’s happening on St Albans’ vibrant eats strip?
Well, I’m told a fire event has forced the temporary closure and refurbishment of Sunshine Charcoal Chicken.
Truth is, the place was looking rather tired so hopefully something good will come of their misfortune.
As I said recently to a CTS reader when discussing a similar business in Essendon, one of these days – with a little bit of tweaking and finessing – charcoal chicken shops will become the Next Big Thing.
Alfrieda Street will soon have its own branch of French Baguette Cafe, the Footscray version of which is proving such a multifaceted hit.
What was once home to the short-lived Charitable Vegetarian Restaurant quite recently came to house Sunrise.
In quick order that, too, has closed.
The lovely My from Phi Phi tells me the address is destined to house a new eatery with a broader outlook, one more attuned to the commercial realities of the neighbourhood.
A new Alfrieda banh mi shop appears to have become hit rather quickly.
Meanwhile, I checked back into Phi Phi – after it all, it has been a long couple of weeks since I was last there – to make sure their roast meats are still superb.
The answer is: Yes!
Definitely my go-to place for this kind of food.
After talking with My, and all going to plan, Consider The Sauce and Phi Phi will co-host a CTS Feast there early in the new year.