Collingwood Yards is getting a new tenant. Stefanino Panino, the beloved Italian sandwich shop, announced via an Instagram post that Saturday November 11 will be the team’s last day of trade in its current Lygon Street location in Brunswick East.
“Although we are really sad to leave Brunswick East we are pumped to welcome you all to the new space in Collingwood!” the team wrote in the post.
The shop is moving to the Collingwood Yards arts precinct, with the new venue designed by architecture firm Simulaa expected to open by late November. Unlike the Brunswick East store, there’ll be indoor and outdoor dining, an espresso machine and, if all goes according to plan, a liquor licence in the new year.
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The Italian deli-style sandwich shop founded by former schoolteacher Stef Condello and his mother Diana Condello opened in July last year and has been known to attract lines and sell out long before lunchtime ends.
A panini from Stefanino Panino has become one of the most coveted lunch items north of the river. The shop offers 12 classics including the Roma (porchetta, roasted pepper, provolone, rocket and Dijon mustard), the Il Manzo (rare roast beef, provolone, picked and roasted peppers, red onion and Dijon mustard) and the Bologna (plain or peppercorn mortadella, stracciatella, pickled peppers and olives) as well as build-your-own customisable options.
The sandwiches are made on ciabatta rolls from Natural Tucker, in operation since 1984 and one of Melbourne’s oldest traditional sourdough bakeries. There is also a gluten-free option made on Turkish rolls from gluten-free bakery Caffe Strada.
For the final day of trade in the current location, on Saturday November 11, the team is celebrating by offering any classic panini for $13 (with a limit of three per customer) and will be making 300 sandwiches – almost 100 more than the most they’ve made on a single day in the past and about double what they usually sell. (When the new Collingwood store opens later this month, it’ll give the Stefanino Panino team the ability to increase the number of rolls produced per day.)
The Saturday celebration is the team’s way of saying “thank you” to locals and regulars who have supported the shop and made things go so well over the last year.
The last day of trade at Stefanino Panino in Brunswick East is Saturday November 11. The store is due to open a new location in Collingwood Yards later this month.