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Pope Joan to close

Written by
Jess Ho

And another one bites the dust. If there is a glut of apartments, no one has told the developers, because Pope Joan is getting booted from its Brunswick East location to make way for a seven-story apartment building on June 24.

To commemorate the successful eight years of trade, chef and owner Matt Wilkinson is looking to celebrate the past and bring back his night-time restaurant offering on Fridays from June 1-22. Expect oysters with a fig vinegar mignonette; Warialda Belted Galloway beef with champ and watercress; and the return of retro favourite chicken kiev. Bookings for dinner are essential by calling Pope Joan

Breakfast is getting much of the similar treatment. Wilkinson will be dishing up some of the cafe's greatest hits until the bitter end, like its ‘kinda’ full English, celebrating David’s bacon, an English sausage, scrambled eggs and house-made baked beans alongside Pope Joan's cult-status sandwiches like the Cornish (roast chicken, stuffing and jalapeno) and the Pope Joan (bacon, egg and brown sauce). 

Never fear, though. If you're going to have hunger pangs for 'Wilko's' cooking, you'll still be able to wander next door to the Pie Shop and grab a handful of his old-fashioned pastries stuffed with chunky beef and spag bowl with a bag of fried dimmies. 

Looking for where you can go after June? Here's a list of our favourite breakfasts. Want to cap it off with something sweet? Here are the best hot chocolates in Melbourne right now.

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