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Fitzroy history – Rhumbaralla’s cafe on Brunswick St


I haven’t done a history post for a long time and one feels overdue. Rhumbarallas was a cafe on Brunswick St that had been in business since the 1980s and which struggled along until closing in 2008. The building now houses the seemingly far more successful Greek restaurant Alpha Ouzeri.


Courtesy of SLV / ID: H2011.150/1435 / photographer: Rennie Ellis / copyright: used under the fair dealings provisions of the Copyright Act 1968 / c1980s



  1. It was a fancy fish & chippery before Alpha took over. They did an amazingly cheap takeaway pack (presumably a loss-leader) which saw them doing a roaring trade, but soon enough they discontinued it. The place was pretty much a ghost town after that. A bit of a shame – their home-made tartare sauce was to die for.

  2. I reckon Rhumbarallas was one of the best cafes for coffee and a bite in Brunswick Street in the late ’80s – at least it was enough for me to travel from over the river to meet people there! It seemed to lose focus after a while though, and I seem to remember a failed attempt at creating a smaller version in Southbank – possibly stretching cash and focus too thin?

  3. You don’t remember “The Hideout” across the road? That was the place before new owners bought in and killed it…

  4. Happy memories of Rhumberallas, I went on my first date with my wife to be. July 1988.
    I had eggplant parmigiana Jayne had pesto penne. I remember going across the road to the Evelyn for a bottle of wine to byo.

  5. I had some great times at Rhumbaralla’s in the late 80s-early 90s…

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