Hyperlocal news about Melbourne's first suburb: Fitzroy 3065

Komune bar has closed

After a shaky start Komune bar on Brunswick St appeared to work for a while, but then it was often empty. Diverse signage spelling their name Komune and Kommune (including on their website) was confusing and amateurish, and made it appear unattractive. The interior space seemed awkwardly used and the one time I went there for a drink did not inspire me to return. This is another high turnover space, having been Ta-co’s choc shock cafe, and, before that, Juanita’s latin cafe and Charmaine’s icecream. Next please.


new menu with bonus apostrophes at Ethos

I wasn’t impressed with the food on my first visit to Ethos cafe on Brunswick St and, a couple of coffees aside, I haven’t been back (at least to eat). It seemed to change owners a while back and has gradually become increasingly suburban in its aesthetics and menu.

Now the menu is full of suburban food and suburban spelling, including lots of random incorrect apostrophes. I despair. It’s not that hard to get it right. If in doubt, don’t use apostrophes at all. Using none generally results in fewer errors than using them at random. Why is is that salads doesn’t deserve its own false apostrophe?

This looks like a sure way to kill a Fitzroy cafe. Spag bol and bogan apostrophes? Is this what customers want? I don’t think so.


Big Lou’s is leaving Fitzroy

After about 3 and half years Big Lou’s doughnuts is leaving Fitzroy. My initial assessment of the business drew a sharp response from the business owner, and it has lasted longer than I predicted. Now, like Shocolate, it is closing its Fitzroy premises and declaring it is moving, without explaining where. Is this a move or a closure? Moving on without saying where you’re going is hardly a declaration of the kind of success that requires bigger and better premises.