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  • Arlechin

    The Grossi family have been slowly spreading out from their iconic flagship, Grossi Florentino. First, by occupying their eastern neighbour with Ombra Samuli Bar, then by making use of a long-held space across the rear lane to launch a classically hidden Melbourne bolthole, Arlechin, servicing the needs of those that favour the darker hours. And…

  • Kirk’s Wine Bar

    Just as Con Christopoulos was almost single-handedly responsible for reclaiming the Paris end of Melbourne’s city from what looked like terminal decline some decades ago, he too is redrawing the borders west of Elizabeth Street. In territory mired in restaurant touts, with menus pitched mainly to a tourist audience, and otherwise populated by city workers…

  • City Wine Shop

    From a single site adjacent to the Princes Theatre, business partners Con Christopoulos and Josh Melbourne have – over the course of a decade or two – acquired the entire Spring Street frontage up to the lane that borders the Imperial Hotel. Starting with the European and Melbourne Supper Club – which saved a whole…

  • Embla

    Some years back, Christian McCabe left behind successful restaurant Matterhorn, in Wellington, to try his luck across the Tasman. That first venture was the celebrated, though now closed, Town Mouse in Drummond Street, Carlton. Along with Town Mouse chef and co-owner Dave Verheul (a Matterhorn alumnus), McCabe branched out further, and more boldly, in 2016,…