There’s much to be excited about with what’s taking place at 64 Glengala Road in Sunshine West.
Not least is the fact that the soon-come eats/drinks emporium opening there is being created within and around the location’s glorious old servo.
How easily could this space have been lost to the sort of housing developments we see spreading across the west like mushrooms?
Instead, partners Gareth Crawford (above) and Greg Fee (formerly of the Station Hotel) will unveil – in a month or so – Sunshine Social.
That’s a great name that perfectly sums up the duo’s aims for their new joint and the Aussie tucker heritage into which they will be tapping.
Yep, that means barbecue – but there’ll be none of your smoked brisket and the likes here.
Instead, Sunshine Social will take as its inspiration old-school charcoal chicken shops.
That will include not just chook but also stuff such as meat-on-sticks, with pricing tipped to be about $15 for a protein protagonist and a side dish, with more food of the nibbly variety also being offered.
Features will include an open kitchen, a 1.5-metre charcoal barbecue, heaps of parking space and the retention of some of the servo’s accoutrements, as well as the wonderful old roof extension under which the petrol bowsers once lived.
Current licensing arrangements allow only for interior booze imbibing, but even there Gareth sees an upside in terms of fostering a strong family vibe.
This address was the subject of a long-ago CTS story when the business operating there was known as Stephz Gourmet Deli.
Following the recent opening of Bar Josephine comes news of another Barkly Street bar soon to be operating.
Sloth will be located in what was formerly the wig shop between the pizza joint on the Donald/Barkly corner and the bottle shop.
Consider The Sauce continues to hear many whispers of other westie bars on the way – including one rumoured to be going up somewhere near the corner of Gordon Street and Ballarat Road.
Spotswood’s Candied bakery/cafe is tipping an April opening for its Yarraville branch.
It will be located in the Yarraville HQ commercial/industrial/service precinct under construction on Hyde Street and almost opposite the Hyde Street Hotel.
My understanding is that the precise mix of production, wholesale, retail and (maybe) a cafe is yet to be settled.