With several apartment blocks in the throes of construction, Footscray-on-Marybyrnong will undergo a population boom in coming years.
Truth is, though, the area has had apartment dwellers in their hundreds in residence for many years, so it’s perhaps a little surprising that more businesses haven’t been stepped up to service them.
Maybe some kind of tipping point has been reached?
One outfit looking to take care of these folks is Harry and Larry’s General Store at 4 Yewers Street.
Ambling up for a look-see, cynical me was ruminating along the lines of: “Yeah, yeah – organic cola and not the regular kind; and lots of over-priced ‘gourmet’ products!”
I was wrong.
Some real smart thinking has gone into stocking Harry and Larry’s.
In a modestly sized yet appealing and light-filled space, they’ve stocked an amazingly comprehensive line-up of stuff.
Products run from the everyday to, yes, your more gourmet and specialty lines.
But the general impression I gain is that the prices are very competitive.
For instance, the likes of regular-line tinned tomatoes and cannellini beans seem only a little pricier than barn prices – and less expensive than in some supermarkets I can think of.
Harry and Larry’s is being run by Victoria Lukacs (left) and Jo Harvey, who plays a role at the adjacent Slice Girls West and Back Alley Sally’s.
Goodies in-house include fine cheese such as Marlo organic brie and camembert …
… to myriad hot sauces and condiments.
There’s a nice mix of cheaper and classier pasta.
Loo paper and …
… fur-baby necessities?
I don’t even know what that means!
There’s a kitchen shared with Slice Girls West, so the grocery store serves up a range of sandwiches.
And there’s a nice spot set aside should you wish to consume your sanger on the spot.
There’s enough fresh fruit and vegetables on hand to meet most needs.
If we lived locally, we’d be shopping here at least a couple of times a week.
As it is, I suspect it’ll become something of a regular shopping haunt anyway …
In Williamstown, a new place named Porters – on the corner of Nelson Place and and Ann Street – is being fitted out as we speak.
It’s part of the new Waterline Place apartment set-up and you can keep tabs on progress at the joint’s Facebook page.
Now this is exciting!
On the location of the former fruit/veg/organic deli on Vernon Street in South Kingsville is coming a Middle Eastern restaurant called Dukkah.
Operating with aplomb at the site of the old Fisher cricket bat “factory” in Kingsville is the appropriately named Willow Wine Cafe (126 Williamstown Road).
It’s run by the lovely Ellen, who will be a familiar face to many based on her long stint at the Plough Hotel.
The main dining space cleverly harnesses the old building’s verandah to create a wonderful summery feel.
At the moment it’s operating until 7pm Tuesday-Sunday, but later closing hours are being negotiated with local residents.
Is there any tougher strip than Gordon Street in Footscray?
Sadly, Indonesian restaurant Spice Klub has already closed.
Taking its place is Karlaylisi Restaurant, which is serving up Uyghur cuisine.
The menu is very long and features many, many pastry/dumpling dishes, cumin lamb skewers, tongues, house-made noodles, chillis and much more.
We’ll be taking it for a run very soon!