Vic laneway tribute to Sisto gets support

Australia

As Melburnians pay tribute to beloved restaurateur Sisto Malaspina, who was killed in a city terror attack, plans are afoot for a more permanent memorial.

The number of floral tributes laid outside Pellegrini’s Espresso Bar, co-owned by Mr Malaspina, continued to grow on Monday, while the favourite eatery remained closed following the tragedy.

Premier Daniel Andrews said he has been in contact with the 74-year-old’s family who are yet to accept the offer of a state funeral.

The Labor leader, in the midst of a state election campaign, agreed that a laneway beside the cafe could present a suitable chance to remember Mr Malaspina.

“I know there’s been a bit of talk about renaming the lane, renaming Crossley Lane, I think that’s a fantastic idea and I would fully support that,” he told reporters.

Pellegrini’s is due to reopen on Tuesday.

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