Murray's Food Store
It was a sad day in 2016 when an adored local milk bar on the corner of Murray and York streets in Prahran closed down after 106 years of business. But six months later, with much of its original spirit intact, the corner shop reopened as Murray’s Food Store.
Owners Jeremy Gaschk (of Easey’s in Collingwood) and India Gauci jumped at the opportunity when the space came onto the market. The cafe and deli is a tribute to its former occupant and to the legacy of Australia’s suburban milk bars. Walls lined with familiar paraphernalia – much of it unearthed during the renovation – make you feel as though you’ve stepped into some kind of milk-bar museum.
The exterior remains largely unchanged, but one side of the building has been converted into an art wall, which displays murals by street artists.
Back inside, bagel options are named after surrounding streets. The Murray is a crowd pleaser, with cured lamb, beetroot relish, pickles, sauerkraut and Gruyere. If bagels aren’t your thing, try a homemade pie (the Egg n Bacon Boys is the tradies’ pie of choice) or a sausage roll.
Murray’s is also, very simply, a milk bar. It sells eggs, cold drinks, dry foods and preserves – there’s even a nostalgic selection of pick-and-mix lollies.