For multiple decades now, Brunetti has been a pillar of Melbourne’s cafe culture scene.

It’s the place you go to for a freshly prepared sandwich, a fragrant espresso, a decadent bite-sized cake or a slice of pizza.

You can spend hours indulging yourself in their tasty treats, their fabulous hospitality and the homely atmosphere.

And now in 2021, the iconic cafe chain has seen itself pull up to a fork in the road, culminating in a parting of ways, as per Good Food.

The cafe will now not simply be known as Brunetti, but rather as two seperate entities: Brunetti Oro and Brunetti Classico.

Each of the entities is owned separately by each of the brothers, Fabio and Yuri Angelé, whose family purchased the business back in 1991.

A spokeswoman issued a statement on the new business venture, stating that customers will be able to “distinguish” between each venues.

She said, “It’s time for the two sons to sail their own ships. The business has grown to such a level that it was a good time to distinguish between the visions each brother has.”

Yuri Angelé, sole owner of Brunetti Oro also issued a statement saying that this next chapter represents a “new generation”.

“Whilst staying true to our culture and Italian heritage, Brunetti Oro represents the new generation bringing to life an Italian tradition with a twist on the old, and a touch of the new.”

Brunetti was launched in Melbourne at its iconic Lygon Street, Carlton location in 1974, by Pierro Brunetti.

In 1985, the cafe moved its location to Faraday Street and eventually shifted back to that original Lygon Street spot in 2013.

Right now it is unclear how much differentiation there will be between each of the new-era twin Brunetti cafes.

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