Di Chiera Brothers, the popular family-run North Perth deli and sandwich store, announced it will be closing its doors after 64 years of service.
“It is with great sadness that Di Chiera Bros will be closing it's (sic) doors indefinitely this week,” wrote co-owner Silvana Di Chiera on the store’s Facebook page. “It's incredibly short notice for many of you but circumstances are unfortunately out of our control on certain matters. We have enjoyed discovering our identity and sharing our passion for food with all of our wonderful customers that have joined us over our long life.”
“It was a sad message to write,” said a staff member at Di Chiera Brothers after Broadsheet rang the store to confirm the news.
The Di Chiera Brothers story began in 1953 in Northbridge where the Di Chiera family owned two stores in William Street. Brothers and business name sakes Antonio and Giuseppe bought the existing Fitzgerald Street premises in 1957 and built a new store there in 1969. Tom Di Chiera, son of Antonio and husband of Silvana, is the business’ current custodian.
Although Di Chiera Brothers carries a range of groceries and small goods, the store is perhaps best known for its continental rolls, Western Australia’s distinctly Australian-Italian sandwiches combining cold cuts and condiments. The store was famous for its melanzane (pickled eggplant) and made its own until 2008 when, according to Tom, “having to pay mining prices for staff”, made the exercise unfeasible. During an episode of Fuck That’s Delicious, rapper Action Bronson emphatically described the store’s signature sanger as a meat sanctuary”. Perhaps in return, the store named a roll in the rapper’s honour.
Although the staff member on the phone was unable to confirm a closing date, she recommended guests wanting to say good bye - and enjoy one last continental roll for old time's sake - should come in today, Monday (March 13) or Tuesday (March 14).
Di Chiera Brothers, 527 Fitzgerald Street, Perth, (08) 9444 5225.