Westies - buckle up your boots. A bar in downtown Footscray is COMING SOON!
Il Paesano, the rather down-at-heel pizza shop, is currently being transformed into Littlefoot. This new bar will feature acoustic live music, "high-end bar food and share plates", "boutique and craft beers", wines and cocktails!
The brains behind the 'foot are Stuart and Liana. They are residents of the inner west, own The Idea Collective in Nicholson St (a creative co-working space) and previously ran Bebida Bar & Cafe in Smith Street (2003 to 2013, and shown above).
Stu and Liana are really passionate about the area and all the riches on offer. Stu was one of my amazing Rickshaw Run volunteers this year, coming down three times over the weekend (including once at the last minute) and eventually running one of the rickshaw-pulling teams.
They say: "We have a love and respect for the many cultures in the past and present of Footscray and our menu will be influenced by and pay homage to them... We believe a hospitality venue should enrich the area it is in. It is fed by the community but also strengthens, supports and nourishes it."
The name is inspired both by the above - "little Footscray" - but also reflects Stu and Liana's commitment to sustainability and minimising their environmental footprint - "little footprint".
But when, when, WHEN you say? The permits are slowly chugging their way through Council but the goal is late November.
I cannot wait to see these guys put the foot in Footscray! Bring it on!