Set to open for trade in September, the new venue will feature a 100-seat downstairs restaurant and a brand new casual rooftop bar — unlike anything the Fancy Hank's guys have done before. The bar has chosen to champion brightly-coloured '80s-inspired cocktails (blue curaçao may be making an appearance) and barbecue snacks like spicy southern chicken ribs, chilli nachos and a seared and smoked lamb neck grilled cheese sandwich.
While Good Heavens will be a whole new concept, downstairs, the restaurant will be a bigger, better version of their venue at The Mercat. Co-owner Michael Patrick says the menu will feature their signature smoked meats, as well as a rotating vegetarian main, such as a smoked eggplant or sweet potato, as well as a few more surprises. "The sides will be a bit more considered as well — a bit more seasonal, a bit more made to order, a bit more interesting," he says. "And mains will be served up on platters, family-style — that's the way to go. We'll be adding a dessert cabinet too."
And when this new, heavenly door opens, the other one doesn't have to close. The Mercat will still serve your beloved Fancy Hanks, but it'll be a more casual, sandwich-based menu as the big smoker is moving over to the new Bourke Street kitchen.
Fancy Hank's and Good Heavens are slated to open next month at 1/79 Bourke Street, Melbourne. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates.