The transformation of Sims in West Foostrcay is proceeding with gusto.
This photo shows the area of the former deli and home of refrigerated and frozen products already being drastically revamped.
I’m told the store upgrade will take place over about seven stages with a completion date of early next year.
Plans and “artist impressions” of the new look are on display in the store.
They include an in-house coffee bar.
It seems, though, that the iconic meaty mural on Barkly Street will be a victim of the revamp.
Going up in Werribee – in the location of longstanding but now closed Mondells Cafe & Patisserie on Watton Street – is District 3030.
This Vietnamese shot in the arm for Wyndham is an expansion project of the successful and popular District 3429 eatery in Sunbury.
What was once Cheaper By Miles in the Nicholson Street mall in Footscray is being turned into a fried chicken establishment – another one!
The fitout is well underway, so this photo has become of historical significance!
Check the Wing Wing Chicken + Beer FB page for progress reports.
On Nicholson Street proper, Karibu Cafe has been operating since about the start of the year – and has escaped CTS attention for that long.
Under the broad banner of East African food, this place serves injera-based feeds.
But it also – oh yes! – serves Somali rice-style dishes.
We are keen to try!
Also on Nicholson Street, a talkative local tells me the long saga of Cafe D’Afrique has been caused by a “cracked wall”, but that we should see some visible action there in the coming months.
After being up and running for what seems like just a few months, Elementary 15 on Leeds Street in Footscray is already “closed for renovations”, according to the sign in the window.
They may like to effect some remedial work on the signage while they’re about it.
Inspired Cafe on Anderson Street in Yarraville has closed and is being transformed into a burger shop – another one!
This Hardings Burger Joint will presumably be a sibling for the one in Brunswick West and another in Coburg that was destroyed by fire in July last year.
Dee Dee Thai Cuisine has opened 10 Pratt Street, Moonee Ponds, just off Puckle and home to several eateries of the Asian persuasion over the years.