Elwood institution Jerry’s Milk Bar has stood proudly on Barkly Street for over four decades. The heritage-listed shop took a big blow over the Easter long weekend when a car lost control and ploughed through the building’s front window. The damage forced owner Andrew Harris to close the front section of the cafe and operate from the courtyard for the last seven weeks.

A fiercely loyal customer base continued to return to the cafe throughout the construction period, huddling together in the heated courtyard and making use of the kids’ playground. But everyone is relieved that the front has been restored to its former glory and is open for full trade again.

Stepping into Jerry’s is a bit like visiting a 1950s diner. You almost expect everyone to be wearing poodle skirts or varsity jumpers. The building possesses a kind of old-school charm you just can’t contrive.

Andrew was adamant that the shop be restored as faithfully to the original space as possible. He stuck to his word. Stepping into the renovated Jerry’s space, cherry red stools line the wooden bar in typical 50s style, while the golden pressed tin ceiling, original signage and antique ice cream cones still take pride of place.

Keeping with the theme, Jerry’s offers milkshakes and spiders in every flavour you can imagine, while in the kitchen, Matthew Allen turns out some pretty decent breakfast fare. Think fetta spinach scramble, the famous Jerry’s brekkie roll and three-stacker pancakes with berries and maple syrup.

Jerry Milk Bar
345 Barkly Street, Elwood
(03) 9531 3078

7am–5pm daily