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Portrait of Thi Le from Anchovy
Photograph: Graham Denholm

Anchovy in Richmond is closing – for now

The beloved modern Vietnamese restaurant is closing up shop after seven years, but it will be back

Cjay Aksoy
Written by Cjay Aksoy
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In sad news for food lovers, Anchovy – Richmond’s beloved modern Vietnamese restaurant – is closing in late June. And while it will be back at a different location and in a different form, it marks the end of an era for this Bridge Road institution.
 
Having learned how to cook in the kitchens of Andrew McConnell, Christine Manfield and Dave Verheul, Thi Le was bound to make a mark on Melbourne’s food scene when she began her own venture with partner Jia-Yen Lee seven years ago. Although unfortunately, like many hospitality venues hit hard over the last couple of years, Anchovy is closing up shop. “The last two and a bit years have been a rollercoaster of a ride, both mentally and emotionally,” Lee announced in an Instagram post this week. "I have given everything to this little restaurant to ensure its survival and its place within the community."
 
And with the bad news, comes the good. The duo will take a break to work on Anchovy’s next incarnation doing what they do best – exploring Vietnamese food and delivering it with masterful execution to the community. In the meantime, the current space on 338 Bridge Road will offer a Laotian-inspired à la carte menu as a casual, everyday eatery and the couple's Ca Com Bánh Mì Bar will still be operating next door.

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