Hyperlocal news about Melbourne's first suburb: Fitzroy 3065

the Bear cafe is hibernating


The women’s fashion and bamboo toothbrush shop that was Animal Lovers by Neo Tokyo gradually morphed into a vegan cafe over the past couple of years, first by reducing and selling off the fashion and by selling coffee, then by introducing meals and also selling organic fruit and vegetables. Then it did some dinners in addition to the standard breakfast and lunch daytime cafe service.

But now it’s closed, with the claim in the window that it’s hibernating – in other words that the closure is temporary and that it will reopen after renovations. A rather breathless article in a real estate website discusses, without linking to, supposed online outrage about the presumed permanent closure.

I’m cynical as I’ve seen this before – supposed temporary closures being announced as amateur small business owners struggle with reality before becoming permanent as reality gets too real. Their coffee was good so it will be a shame if they are gone for good, and it will be a loss to the otherwise growing vegetarian and vegan food precinct on Brunswick St.



  1. I love(d) this place! I hope it returns. The lack of an apostrophe on that stencil bothers me though.

  2. People were emptying out the Bear Cafe this morning. It is definitely no longer a hibernation.

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