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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published January 2nd 2022
How sweet it is

I have driven past this shop in Mt. Evelyn many times, always attracted by the advertising board stating, "Lolly Shop," but never stopping, but why should I, as all milk bars sell lollies. How wrong I was!

Lolly shop sign.
Can't miss seeing this.


Red Robin Milk Bar.
A very colourful exterior.

On entering, I saw a vision of sweetness just like a sweet supermarket.

Lolly display.
Lollies as far as the camera can see.
Lolly display.
Even more lollies.


lollies
This is on the front window.

Rack, after counter, after shelf of lollies await you. There are the named brands that you will find in supermarkets, then there are hundreds of plain packaged lollies of all our favourites and some we may have never heard of!

Lolly display.
Some familiar names.


Lolly display.
Even more.

I even saw a display of cereals and tubs of fairy floss.

Cereals and fairy floss.
Cereals and fairy floss.

Red Robin have regular customers - as while I was there, owner Sam greeted them with "hello amigo."

Lolly display.
Interior scene.

Talking to Sam, he said Red Robin had been operating for twenty years and he was originally from Venezuela.

Lolly display.
Sam surrounded by his lollies.

His daughter, Nina, said the family had operated three milk bars over the years.

Lolly display.
A sweet for every occasion.

Apart from the multitude of lollies, a freezer of ice creams and a refrigerator of soft drinks reminded us we were in a milk bar. I even saw some milk in the fridge.

ice cream display.
Every milk bar has ice creams.

Takeaway coffee is a specialty of Red Robin and while I was there, several amigos called in for their coffee, expertly made by barista Nina.

coffee
Coffee corner.

One display I will explore on my next visit is the shelf of rocky road, perhaps my favourite lolly.

Rocky road chocolate.
Rocky road chocolate but smooth eating.

Red Robin Milk Bar is not in a shopping precinct but about 700 metres from the Mt. Evelyn shopping centre as a stand-alone shop joined to Red Robin Pizza. Ample off road parking is available right at the front door.

shop exterior
Plenty of parking.

I would like to quote a small section from their website.

Welcome to the Red Robin General Store!!! We have an amazing and great selection of bulk lollies, chocolate, Dutch liquorice, speciality coffee and all things sweet and fun for all occasions! Plus other party necessities, like helium balloons, piņatas and much more! Come visit us to satisfy your sweet tooth and get a great Milk Bar experience, you'll be blown away by our selection and most importantly great prices.


On my next visit, I hope to be greeted as 'amigo'!
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Why? It's a sweet experience.
When: Mon-Fri 5-00am - 9-30pm. Sat & Sun 7.00 am - 9.30 pm.
Phone: 03 9736 2278
Where: 35 Hereford Road, Mt. Evelyn.
Your Comment
Oh my goodness Neil. What a wonderland of sweetness. My favourite old time sweets were Mint Patties. I wonder if they stock them. Great story
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|3977) 23 days ago
I grew up in Mt Evelyn from birth, (1960) until 11 years old. I lived on Billy Goat Hill (Russell Street) & as young as five years old, used to walk down the Hill to the bottom of the road then up the Hill, trekking thru the forest to the Red Robin Milk Bar & back home for extra bread & milk. Funnily, last time l was in Mt Evelyn was 21 years ago, when Red Robin was still a milk bar.
by AmieCoff (score: 0|4) 22 days ago
I grew up in Mt Evelyn from birth, (1960) until 11 years old. I lived on Billy Goat Hill (Russell Street) & as young as five years old, used to walk down the Hill to the bottom of the road then up the Hill, trekking thru the forest to the Red Robin Milk Bar & back home for extra bread & milk. Funnily, last time l was in Mt Evelyn was 21 years ago, when Red Robin was still a milk bar.
by AmieCoff (score: 0|4) 22 days ago
Gosh I will be making a trip there! Thanks for sharing.
by don_t (score: 1|27) 23 days ago
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