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Fitzroy shop and cafe closures


I’m surprised at the number of Fitzroy business that have closed in the time I was away – Book Affair on Smith St (which opened in 2009), Via Volare cafe and Bala’s (both on Brunswick St). I’ll miss Bala’s, but Via Volare never seemed to have much going for it.


  1. Damn, I’ll miss Bala’s! Have you noticed whether Mr Poetry has returned to his plinth on Brunswick St?

  2. Bala’s had been circling the drain for some time now. I was overseas for much of 2010, but when I returned it appeared that they’d changed hands. Their prices had been jacked up, the food quality was down, and the appearance of daily specials scrawled in marker pen on butcher’s paper and blu-tacked to the front window was not a good sign (heh).

  3. yes, Bala’s went downhill very steadily.

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