Collingwood’s hole-in-the wall gnocchi haven, Good Gnocchi, is opening in the CBD tomorrow.
"It’s just a little 20-seater restaurant in an arcade … where Chuckle Deli used to be,” says owner James Eddy, who opened his first store on Langridge Street, Collingwood, in March.
Despite a roaring start, the first store’s lease will expire in December, so Eddy’s been on the hunt for new digs and was approached with an offer of a space in Collins Street’s Hub Arcade.
"I'm just doing a three-month-hire agreement for now, and if it goes well hopefully we'll continue in the space," Eddy says. He’ll spend most of his time in the new shop, with trusted staff running the show in Collingwood until that shop’s lease ends.
The menu will be the same at the two venues: gnocchi four ways and slabs of garlic bread. But the city location has the bonus of a liquor licence. Wine importer Campbell Burton is supplying a merlot-semillon blend from Sam Vinciullo, and there's a white blend of riesling, garganega, gewürztraminer, chardonnay and viognier from Sigurd, courtesy of Lo-Fi Wines. Peroni will be on tap.
Eddy also plans to serve more specials, including a gnocchi shepherd’s pie that’ll be available on Fridays, and an in-development carbonara variation.
Though he’ll soon say goodbye to the Collingwood space – previously a cafe run by his dad Gavin – Eddy says he’s already looking for another location in the area.
“We've already got that community of people down there that really like us, so we'd like to stay somewhere close by.”
Good Gnocchi’s city shop opens Friday September 6 at Shop 5, Hub Arcade. Entry is via 318 Little Collins Street, Melbourne.