• Little Flock is a new Northcote brunch spot inspired by the owners’ backyard chickens, in a space formerly occupied by Merricote.

• The duo behind Westgarth’s Il Melograno brings Sicilian-style gelato to Fitzroy with Compá Gelateria. Each flavour is made from scratch using Australian ingredients.

• Lygon Street has also gained a new gelato maker – Lavezzi Gelateria comes from a family with four generations in the game, giving this traditional gelato, sorbet and granita shop a leg up.

• Natural History, the sprawling new venue by Morgan McGlone and his creative collaborators, will open this week. Here’s a look inside the exuberant space.

• There are only five dishes at Charlie Carrington’s new sustainability-driven fast-food eatery, Colours by Atlas, a casual sibling to the Melbourne chef’s fine diner up the road.

Poke and smoothies have arrived in the brimming food pocket near Ripponlea Station, courtesy of the owners of popular local, Spout Café.

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• At Field Black, a new cafe in Northcote, there’s a hidden kids area, dogs are welcome and the kitchen is slinging breakfast gnocchi and sticky-date hotcakes.

• Damian Griffiths has sold his Doughnut Time empire to the company’s former CEO. Almost half its remaining stores will close; Melbourne will hang on to three.

• After five years of cooking real-deal American barbeque, Richmond’s Meatmother has closed. Owner Neil Hamblen has moved his focus to Meatmaiden, his newer joint in the CBD.