The former home of once-loved, now-gone Michael The Deli at 50 Leeds Street, Footscray, is getting a revamp and a new life.
According to the building permit notification in the window, the new business here will be “a cafe during the day” and “a bistro during evening hours specialising in European cuisine”.
In Stephen Street, Yarraville, the old takeaway shop at No.127 (opposite Yarraville Village Animal Hospital) is getting a makeover that definitely suggests “cafe”.
I am reliably informed this will be a second cafe for the owners of the popular and classy Kodama Coffee in Williamstown.
I wonder what’s become of the shark?
On Vernon Street in Kingsville, Dukkah has opened – though I’m told they won’t be running at full strength until a week or so into the new year.
The menu has the expected Middle-Eastern content, but also some touches of North African/Moroccan that have us even keener to try.
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At Central West in Braybrook, the ongoing saga of the fresh produce space will see an outlet of the Sacca’s chain “opening soon”.
In Moonee Ponds, the former home of the Ripples F&C joint – subject of the first ever CTS story – is being remade.
It will be taken over by Gourmet Kitchen Cooking School, which has been living a few doors away for years.
Right next door, Kingyo Izakaya has opened.
Run by the same folks who captain I Dream Of Sushi, also on Margaret Street, I’m told it’ll be more along the lines of grills/Japanese “tapas”.
Also in Moonee Ponds, the Pratt Street place once home to a Chinese eatery and (before that) a branch of China Bar, is now Dee Dee Thai Cuisine.
What looks like it may be a temple of mediocrity surprises Bennie and I when we drop in for lunch.
Choosing from the $15 lunch deal menu (which includes a can of soft drink), we are delighted by the sticky, rich panang beef curry with rice and …
… the papaya salad with Dee Dee wings.
Fresh, good, cheap.