In the 1970s what is now Madame Sousou was then a wine merchant. I just realised it’s been over a year since I last did a history post and that I should research and write some new ones.

madame-sousou-1970s Fitzroy history: from wine shop to French restaurant

Courtesy of SLV / Committee for Urban Action (CUA) collection / Accession no(s): CUAFY154/8 / photographer: unknown / copyright: used under the fair dealings provisions of the Copyright Act 1968 / c1970-1974

madame-sousou-2015 Fitzroy history: from wine shop to French restaurant

Fitzroy history: from wine shop to French restaurant

2 thoughts on “Fitzroy history: from wine shop to French restaurant

  • 20 August 2015 at 6:00 pm
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    Looks like the wine merchant might have had a problem with people helping themselves…

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  • 25 March 2016 at 2:50 pm
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    It was Virgona’s Wine Bar and it was the last wine bar in Melbourne. Wine bars operated on a different license to pubs; they weren’t licensed to sell beer and spirits. Wine bars acquired a seedy reputation over time as their clientele came to be seen as a public nuisance, i.e. alcoholics, homeless; ‘derros’ was the popular pejorative epithet applied to them at the time. It was considered to be only a short fall from the wine bar to the gutter; from cheap sherry to metho.

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