A new era for Carlton's King & Godfree

Lisa Valmorbida inside the pop-up gelateria, Pidapipó.
Lisa Valmorbida inside the pop-up gelateria, Pidapipó. Photo: Wayne Taylor

Lygon Street landmark King & Godfree will close in early 2014 for significant renovations that will turn the much-loved Carlton food and wine shop into a "concept store" with a gelateria, cafe, restaurant and wine store.

Established in 1884 on the corner of Lygon and Faraday streets, and bought by the late Carlo Valmorbida in 1955, King & Godfree is still owned by the Valmorbida family.

Carlo's grandson Jamie Valmorbida, now a co-owner, says the shop has "evolved over the years but we are planning to relaunch it as an Italian food and wine concept store".

Valmorbida says the renovation will be completed in stages, starting this week with Pidapipó, a pop-up gelateria in Faraday Street, which will remain open over summer.

Jamie's sister, Lisa Valmorbida, who studied gelato-making at the renowned Carpigiani Gelato University in Bologna, will head up the gelateria.

Other elements include a cafe and delicatessen in the front of the building, and a restaurant to follow later.

Jamie Valmorbida describes the renovation as a "passion project for the family and a chance to do something together since our grandfather passed away".

King & Godfree will close for a "short period of time" in early 2014 at a date yet to be determined.

Pidapipó gelateria will open on December 12.

Details: Pidapipó, 222 Faraday Street, Carlton, opening hours 11am-11pm.