The retro vibes are high at Leonard's House of Love, a log cabin-themed dive bar off Chapel Street in South Yarra. One part Twin Peaks and one part ski trip-party, Leonard's is run by the same team behind Ramblr: Guy Bentley, Mark Catsburg, Nick Stanton and Jon Harper. And the four are about to add another notch to their belts, opening a new pizza joint north of the river in Carlton.
Leonardo's Pizza Palace will make its home in a very old building at 29 Grattan Street. The owners plan to keep the bones of the original structure intact, which include some pretty "epic" stained glass windows. They want the restaurant to feel like it's been there for a very long — Italian-mobster-length of — time. Despite its historic location, the venue will continue the casual party-bar vibe that's well-known to the team's other establishments.
In terms of food, obviously pizza is the name of the game. Though they're still deciding on an exact menu, it'll be about classic Italian-American style pizza — and we'd bet our bottom dollar this means there'll be pepperoni somewhere. Considering where they've chosen to take up residence – in the midst of Melbourne's competitive Italian dining precinct around Lygon Street – we bet it'll also be pretty good.
Leonardo's Pizza Palace is slated to open at 29 Gratten Street, Carlton in the summer of 2018. For further updates, check the Leonard's House of Love Instagram.