Ellen Turner has had her roots in Yarraville for the past decade, opening Willow Wine Cafe in nearby Kingsville in 2018.
Now she's branching out, opening Myrtle Wine Cafe on Friday, November 6, in a newly renovated heritage bluestone building in Footscray Community Arts Centre's creative precinct.
Like Willow, Myrtle Wine Cafe will tap small, local and ethical producers for the menu.
Initially, it will operate as a daytime cafe pouring Five Senses coffee and serving eggy breakfast dishes, salads, jaffles and baguettes. But in December it will open on Friday and Saturday nights for wine-friendly snacks such as charcuterie and ploughman's plates alongside a mostly Victorian wine list.
There's seating for 32 indoors, although it will be COVID-restricted to 20 at first, and another 12 seats on the covered patio. A large grassy area beside the cafe means takeaways and picnics-to-go are also part of the picture. Inside-only bookings are available by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open Tue-Fri 7.30am-4pm, Sat-Sun 8am-4pm.
45 Moreland Street, Footscray, 0481 850 885.