More changes are afoot in Moonee Ponds and in and around Puckle Street.
At 19 Pratt, formerly the home of Italian establisment L’Angolo Italiano, a barbecue place called BBQ Land is being prepared for opening.
Going by the photos and dish titles already adorning the exterior, this seems unlikely to be serving American-style barbecue and will be doing more Aussie-style things over charcoal.
Around the corner in Puckle Street, Greek joint Hellenic Flavours has folded.
Across the street, Just Burgers has also closed – we didn’t get around to trying it!
I’m told the people – or person – behind a well-known and fondly regarded burger operation have/has taken over the premises with a view to opening a deli-style sandwich shop.
Think: Dill pickles on the side.
In the old-school arcade off Puckle Street that leads through to Young Street, the equally old-school Bruno’s Coffee Lounge has closed down.
Over in Hall Street, Nature’s One is offering what looks like a lovely range of breads and baguettes, along with things such as simple toasties and dips.
And even though it happened a while ago, it would remiss of us not to mention that what was once a branch of Yim Yam in Margaret Street is now a Korean eatery called Hanspoon.
Finally, and even though it has absolutely nothing to do with food, let me record the surprise and utter delight felt when, upon walking through the front area of a Puckle Street homewares/furniture store, I find at the back … the still-recognisable shell of a lovely old-school cinema/theatre.
How cool is that?