The renaissance of Carlton as a food destination continues with fromagerie Milk the Cow opening an offshoot on Lygon Street.
Owner Daniel Verheyen opened his first licensed cheese shop in St Kilda in December 2012, with plans to eventually open one on the north side, he says. Mission accomplished.
The Carlton shop has a similar feel to the Fitzroy Street original, with chandeliers made from milking equipment, a banquette in varying shades of green ("Think rolling green hills," says Verheyen), copper piping as shelves and lots of dark timber and marble finishes.
The five-metre refrigerated cheese cabinet has an enormous array of imported and local cheeses selected by cheesemonger Laura Lown.
She's stocking many of her favourites including Cashel Blue from Ireland and Spanish Queso Mahon, and is excited about the BellaVitano cow's milk cheeses just in from Wisconsin.
The wines and beers are bought by Verheyen and newly appointed sommelier Andy Leitch, who look for "interesting boutique wines and beers from Australia, Europe – all over the place really", and the cheese tastings and group bookings that have proven popular in St Kilda will be available in Lygon Street.
They'll open noon to 11pm Wednesday to Sunday until the new year, when they complete the upstairs level, with another 40 seats, then open daily.
Milk the Cow, 323 Lygon Street, Carlton