Come summer, Melbourne's southwest will boast its own little slice of sunny coastal Spain, when new restaurant Sebastian opens right on Williamstown beach.
After opening the doors to Southbank Argentinian grill Asado just last month, co-owner Dave Parker (also one of the names behind San Telmo, Pastuso and Palermo) has announced yet another project. He's teaming up with longtime friend and Williamstown local Alex Brawn to transform the space once home to Shelly's Beach Pavilion, into a breezy seaside bar and grill that nods to the Spanish town of San Sebastian.
Slated to open this November to take full advantage of balmy sunset sessions to come, the venue will boast space for 250, complete with dining room, bistro and a sprawling shaded deck that is literally on the beach. Acclaimed design studio Ewert Leaf has taken on the fit-out, which will see the heritage-listed space remodelled into a Hamptons-style vision of white, blue and oak.
As for the food offering, expect a range of Spanish-inspired menus catering to the dine-in crowd, as well as a raft of takeaway deli-style options for summer post-swim beach picnics.
Sebastian is set to open at 26 Esplanade, Williamstown sometime in November. We'll keep you updated on an opening date.