Many peninsula residents, and city-dwelling visitors, would be aware of the recent rejuvenation of The Somers General Store. But just in case not, a brief history follows…
The Somers General Store has a rich lineage
Built in 1927 it has taken-on many different owners and managers since. A real estate agency was once attached, and a newsagency also.
Well known for serving a tasty lunch and dinner, patrons would flock to the store during the late 1920s and early ‘30s. The area’s colourful tales have been passed down through families that once were visitors and now are locals.
By 2008 the store had fallen into disrepair. New owner Leisa Wharington has undertaken extensive and painstaking research to restore the building in a style that is in keeping with its original structure and appearance. Quality workmanship has been the key to preserving as much of the original aesthetics as possible.
“I saw the opportunity to create a separate business… a cafe-restaurant called The Store Cafe Somers. Walls have been moved to create more seating and a beautiful outdoor deck now overlooks the garden – and makes the best of the view.
It is exciting to have created a place of destination, one with a point of difference which sets us apart. An innovative attraction for this beautiful township which will evoke childhood memories of leisurely seaside holidays, at a time when life was at a slower pace.
Our menu consists largely of local produce and we focus on the use of regional suppliers and producers to enhance our food selection.” Showcase produce includes Blue Bay Cheese from Mornington, Moorooduc grown tomatoes, Flinders’ avocados; balsamic vinegar, olives and garlic come from Merricks. Herbs, lettuce, fruit and vegetables are sourced daily from the locale. Take-away fish & chips are served from 4-7pm every Saturday during summer.
“Our fabulous General Store also has hidden surprises.”
Again the focus is local produce, as well as every-day needs. Unique giftware, beautiful books and romantically inspired glassware created by local artists including Leisa Wharington, the proprietor of the store and cafe.
The Store Cafe Somers beckons with a unique experience, beautiful food and quality coffee. The store featured its television debut on Postcards early in March.