Kiosk by d’Asporto!
That name heralds exciting news for western suburbs, and particularly those who live in the Williamstown area or love spending some beach time.
The kiosk adjacent the Williamstown Swimming & Life Saving Club is undergoing a fit-out that will see it up and running in time for the full blooming of spring.
Best of all, the joint will be run – as the name suggests – by Caludio and Antoinetta, the team behind the wonderful pizza/pasta place just up the road apiece on Kororoit Creek Road.
Claude tells me Kiosk by d’Asporto wil not be a seasonal business looking merely to cash in on the summer-time beach hordes.
They’ll dedicated to seeking the loyalty of locals first and foremost.
To that end, they’ll be opening at 7am on a year-round basis.
But there’ll be none of that “big breakfast” stuff going on here, with the accent very much on Italian street food.
Morning fare will be along authentic Italian lines of pastries or panini stuffed with porchetta or cotoleti.
The plans don’t end there!
Claude also enthuses to me about the eventual installation of a gelati machine, more tables and a hire service for beach towels and umbrellas.
Also in Williamstown, a cafe named Platform 177 is up and running at 177 Ferguson Street, inhabiting the premises formerly occupied by Cake Love and right across from North Williamstown station.
It’s a lovely, bright place with a dedicated kids corner.
There’s a tangible Greek influence on the menu, with a house-made moussaka and pastitisio looking particularly worthy of future exploration.
There’s a major transition underway in Yarraville with the news that Keith Prentice is handing over the reins at venerable Anderson Street bakery Heather Dell.
Brother-and-sister team Antonio and Andrea, who come from both Salvadorean and hospitality backgrounds, will be in charge from this coming Monday onwards with a pledge of keeping things pretty much as is.
Thank heavens for that – we’d hate to do without our coconut tarts or jam slices!
Enjoy the journey, Keith!
Newly opened in Ballarat Street is Vault Cafe Bar Restaurant, housed in the old bank building that was home – rather briefly – to Tong.
According to the front-door signage, opening hours are 5.30am through to 4.30pm – pretty exciting news for early risers and/or night birds!
The fit-out, including booths, looks gorgeous.
The menu ranges through breakfast and salads to pasta/risotto and a rib eye.
We note with interest the What’s Chef Burger – for $15 including chips, that sounds like a tasty bargain.
Opening soon at Williams Landing shopping centre will be Dosa Palace, to be run by the lovely Nagesh from one of our fave places, Hyderabad Inn in West Footscray.
Despite the name, Nagesh’s new venture will effectively be a full-on Indian eatery covering dosas and snacks through to Indo-Chinese and barbecue items from the tandoor.
You can check out the menu at the Dosa Palace website here.