After suddenly closing its doors in March, North’s Perth beloved Italian deli and sandwich store Di Chiera Brothers has announced it will reopen later this year.

“The store is getting a long overdue makeover,” says Tom Di Chiera, son of co-founder Antonio Di Chiera and custodian of the 64-year-old family-owned business.

While the family has retained plenty of fixtures from the original store, Di Chiera Brothers 2.0 will also boast plenty of new features. Vintage chandeliers and metal-buckets-turned-lightshades hang from the ceiling while a new eating counter complete with phone-charging points is being built in the window facing Fitzgerald Street. The coffee machine is being moved from its former hiding place behind the meat and cheese counter and will enjoy pride of place at the front of the store.

Some things, however, won’t be changing – not least the offer of the store’s legendary continental rolls: an Australian-Italian sandwich comprising cold-cuts, salad and, the family’s signature, pickled eggplant. House-made sausage rolls, milkshakes and other milk bar staples will also continue to be offered. The Di Chieras have used the closure as an opportunity to modernise the kitchen and expand the bakery area where they bake their famous “hybrid-crispy” rolls. The store will also carry a small amount of groceries including fresh fruit and vegetables, Italian dry goods and sliced-to-order meats and cheeses. In other words, it will be business as usual.

“It’s not becoming a wanker’s place,” says Di Chiera. “We are not changing the menu or raising the prices. If someone wants to come down to get a loaf of bread or some milk, they can. There’s an element of everyone losing their corner deli. I didn’t want to lose that part of the shop.”

Di Chiera Brothers (527 Fitzgerald Street, North Perth) reopens in late April.

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