On Friday, Melbourne came to a standstill as details of a major incident in Bourke Street emerged.

A car was alight on the northern strip of Bourke Street, and a man was shot by police after allegedly stabbing at least three people. A Victoria Police spokesperson told Broadsheet a man was arrested at the scene and taken to hospital under guard in a critical condition.

At the time, the spokesperson advised a "small number of people" had been attacked. On Saturday, the Guardian revealed that Sisto Malaspina, co-owner of Melbourne institution Pellegrini's, had been fatally stabbed. Two other stabbing victims are in hospital.

The Age reports the iconic Bourke Street cafe Malaspina had run with long-time friend and business partner Nino Pangrazio since 1974 is currently closed as staff and customers pay tribute. Flowers adorn the front windows.

Pangrazio told the Age he was shocked by Malaspina's death. “I feel terrible. We’ve been business partners since 1974 and we were friends for 10 years before that," he said. “He was just so happy-go-lucky and always with a smile. We hardly had a cross word in the whole time we worked together. Just devastated.”

Tributes from friends, industry and Pellegrini's customers continue to flow online.

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When we were opening @romeolane and were scraping paint of walls from six in the morning till way past midnight, the unconditional generosity and warmth shown to us by everyone at Pellegrini’s was almost inconceivable to us. We were (literally) the new kids on the block on one of the most iconic and established street corners of our city and were generally pretty worried about what people would think and how it would all pan out. At no juncture has it become any easier really, but in the beginning amidst all that doubt and tensity when we weren’t sleeping, weren’t eating properly and probably drinking too much - it was very obvious to our neighbours that we were having a tough time maintaining the course. Instead of just watching, they came and introduced themselves to us and kept us company, and pretty much force fed us rigatoni, cakes, coffee and iced cups of granita (which were liberally topped up with Gin or Champagne in the summertime ) just to make sure we had something to run on which we didn’t realise till years later was immeasurably conducive to our happiness at the time and a contributing factor to our energy to endure what opening your first business can be like. We’ll miss you very much Sisto.

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Of the all time Australian hospitality legends Sisto was one of my heroes... to me an inspiration ...one of the Italians that dedicated his life to the promotion of Italian culture to the promotion of La Dolce Vita to belief of how a coffee could promote conversations that could change the world ... I never really spent that much time with him but I was always honored when he would acknowledge me sitting at Pellegrini’s ... one of the reason I started Caffe’ e Cucina was to bring my generation of Pellegrini’s to Melbourne ... an incredible loss a tragedy for us Italo / Australians and for all Australians a man that taught us one of the greatest pleasures in life how to drink a cup of ‘ caffe’ ‘ ci mancherai Un abbracchio Con Amore per Sempre xxxxx Maurizio Arnaldo e Famiglia #iatloaustalians THIS IS NOT RIGHT !!!!!

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