Laneway's Jerome Borazio Is Opening a New Footscray Event and Creative Space
It's a new place for parties, workshops and arts events in Melbourne's west.
The past couple of weeks have seen Footscray cop some pretty nasty abuse, with a spate of vandalism attacks on newer venues like 8bit, Rudimentary, and Up in Smoke suggesting one or more individuals aren't happy with the suburb's gentrification.
But despite all this, it seems Footscray's new contingent of hospo operators aren't backing down, with Laneway Festival founder Jerome Borazio announcing plans for a lofty new event space The Line. The space neighbours his Yewers Street bar, Back Alley Sally's.
The venue sees Borazio — who's also behind such ventures as 1000 £ Bend, St Jerome's - The Hotel, and The Church of Bang Bang Boogaloo — team up with Back Alley Sally's co-owners Jo and Andrew Harvey, as well as partner Rachelle Watson. Watson is general manager of Laneway Melbourne, and was the mind responsible for originally moving the festival from the CBD to its current Footscray digs back in 2010.
With Back Alley Sally's own function space booked out months in advance, The Line is a serious win for this neck of the woods. "Footscray is now brimming with bars and music venues but there's a lack of quality, city-standard event space," explains Borazio. "The Line will meet some of this need."
With its minimal design, polished concrete floors, and room for 200 people, the industrial space is primed for partying — a blank canvas that gives punters free reign when it comes to styling their event. They're open to hosting parties and weddings as well as workshops and arts events. The Line joins a growing number of popular bar in Footscray, including Littlefoot, Hop Nation's new brewery, and BBQ joint Up In Smoke.
The Line is now open for inspections and bookings at 38–40 Moreland Street, Footscray. For more info, visit theline.melbourne.