Fitzroy businesses are under constant surveillance by local residents and the closure of Hammer and Tong on Westgarth St has been noted. It lasted about 4 years. Unless a discount is offered on the rent, I can’t see this space being filled quickly. Brunswick St is in decline north of Johnston St and the nearby former Palookaville space has been empty for more than a year.

hammer-tong-closed Hammer and Tong has closed

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Hammer and Tong has closed

6 thoughts on “Hammer and Tong has closed

  • 3 January 2017 at 10:43 pm
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    That’s a shame. I had some great dinners there, and then they cut back to only daytime cafe hours. Maybe that’s where things started to slip.

    There are so many vacant shopfronts on Brunswick St these days. Greedy owners?

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  • 4 January 2017 at 10:39 am
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    I saw the Palookaville site has been leased ….there is a tiny “leased” sign in the window and there were people inside yesterday.

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    • 4 January 2017 at 6:44 pm
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      Curious! Thanks for letting me know. Food or frocks?

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  • 10 January 2017 at 9:18 am
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    Landlords are asking for prices that the street no longer justifies.
    Hence good operators can’t get a foot in the door and the street will continue to decline.

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    • 12 January 2017 at 10:04 am
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      Rent was a drop in the ocean compared with their labour and food costs (never mind the costs of expanding into other failed businesses – remember BKYRD, The Paper Chase, the Korean food truck thing, and their foray into Hong Kong? Neither do I), even while they occupied twice the space that they required.

      If you do a little digging, you’ll probably find a few discrepancies. Did you notice about a year and a half ago when all of the staff changed overnight? Probably not, we’re all interchangeable hipsters anyway. It would be harder again to have noticed that all of their suppliers changed around the same time.

      Not to say that Brunswick Street rent is anything less than exorbitant, but my ~$10K in unpaid superannuation, coupled with the fact that the former directors (it took me a long time to settle on that euphemism) can’t be contacted for comment, suggest that there might be a more interesting story.

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