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Tad Lombardo Farewells Prahran Market

After five years at the Market, Tad Lombardo of Cioccolato Lombardo has decided to close his chocolate shop and will permanently cease operation on Tuesday, October 17. The decision comes as part of Tad’s desire to embark on a new change.

“I started this business nine years ago because I needed change and now I end it for the same reason,” he says. “Prahran Market was the avenue that helped make my dreams come true. During this time, every goal was exceeded. I became part of the community and the family here. I have made lifelong friends in the process – for this alone, I am forever grateful.”

Cioccolato Lombardo was born in 2009 and within 12 months Tad became an award-winning chocolatier. His continued success led him to set up an artisan cart at Prahran Market in 2012, earning him a long list of loyal customers. With a high demand for chocolates, the Market suggested an on-site kitchen to prepare his creations and the cart was soon swapped for a purpose-built standalone store where Tad continued to make and serve chocolate creations to the local community.

“I am very proud of all the successes and equally proud of any failures because regardless I know I have given it my all and worked very, very hard,” he says “This decision comes from a place of strength. Change is never easy. Easy doesn’t make you think, easy doesn’t make you grow.”

On behalf of everyone at Prahran Market, we’re very sad to see Tad go!

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