After more than two decades of service Richmond Hill Cafe & Larder has officially closed.
In 1997, renowned chef and author Stephanie Alexander and cheesemonger Will Studd opened the eatery in a 160-year-old Victorian building on Bridge Road. It quickly garnered a following for its French-leaning daytime menu, which borrowed often from the humidity-controlled cheese room, a Melbourne first, which stocked everything from Italian-truffle pecorino to local buffalo-milk blue.
Five years later Studd moved on, and three years after that Alexander did too, selling her stake to the cafe's manager, Luisa Lucchesi.
A notice stating the landlord has retaken possession of the premises was posted outside the building yesterday. And while the cafe and shop have both closed, it looks as though the online store is still up and running (though Broadsheet’s calls went unanswered, so it’s unclear if orders are being fulfilled).