In Anderson Street, Yarraville, the shop next to Alfa Bakehouse, most recently used for secondhand clothing and associated stuff, is being fitted out for what I am told will be a dumpling palace of some kind.
Right across the road, the now closed Commonwealth Bank premises is being gutted.
Seems a bit institutional for food/drink purposes, but maybe …
Further along Anderson Street, the shopfront that was most recently home to Inspired Cafe now houses a “bar lounge eats” business.
And a few doors from there, the former home of Heather Dell bakery remains on the market.
On Barkly Street, West Footscray, the shop next to the barber is being fitted out for some sort of food/drink action.
Directly opposite, and right next door to the coin laundry, a Vietnamese dessert house is taking shape.
Elsewhere on Barkly Street, new hopefuls have set up shop in a couple of places in a bid to break into the area’s fiercely competitive sub-continental food scene.
Biryani King, right opposite the library, will be the subject of a CTS investigation – the prices here, from my look at the menu, are significantly cheaper than those of its competitors.
For example, most biryanis are listed at $10.
Up the other end of “Little India”, Night Spark is offering Pakistani food.
On Hopkins Street in Footscray, the Curators Lounge is now operating under the name Chip’s Loft.
Same management, but a cool makeover has been undertaken.
Where once the bar was are now booths.
Where once was the in-house barber is now the bar.
And an alfresco area – with super dooper views of the street life beow – has been created.