It’s a dark and difficult time for restaurants around the country. Some are closing temporarily, some for good. Others are pivoting to takeaway-only, and others, such as Ben Shewry’s Attica, are transforming completely.
The Ripponlea fine diner last week announced the restaurant would temporarily close, and in its place a new pick-up or delivery menu of signature dishes (such as A Simple Dish of Potato Cooked in the Earth It Was Grown), plus a more lo-fi, $60 combo of lasagne, garlic bread and salad, would be available.
Now – although the delivery option is still available – Shewry has swivelled again, reopening arguably the best restaurant in the country as Attica Bake Shop.
The takeaway-only menu will change rapidly, but for now we know it includes a take on Cherry Ripe, wattleseed brownies, lemon myrtle caramels, Davidson plum scrolls, pull-apart garlic bread and Attica's famous Vegemite scroll. And you can pick up wine from the Attica cellar while you're at it.
It’s not the first time the eatery has turned to baking. Last year Shewry was behind a bake sale to raise funds for victims of the Christchurch terror attacks. That event involved chefs from all over Melbourne, but for now, Attica Bake Shop will be all Attica, all the time. Or until sold out.
Attica Bake Shop
72 Glen Eira Road, Ripponlea
Mon to Sat 9am–12pm