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Despite the ever-changing weather making staying at home with a packet of chips more appealing that going out for a three-course meal with matched wine, Melbourne's still opening plenty of new restaurants, cafes and bars — and getting people into them, too. Seems every week we're ranting and raving about the next newbie, bringing its own proposed offering/theming/novelty viral food item to this fine city of ours. Here's a useful little list for you to get excited about, in case you're despondent over having eaten at Every Melbourne Venue Ever. Take heart, there's plenty more where that came from.
The newbies we're counting the days for.
The 168-room hotel will be part of the Flinders Bank towers and will open in 2022.
Urban Alley Brewery has biodegradable packaging, on-site bio-waste and water treatment plants and lots of tasty beers.
The retreats are popping up in Mount Buffalo and Lake Eildon National Park as part of a Parks Victoria trial.
The Reunion Island Pool Club will replace the now-closed St Jerome's rooftop hotel.
If it goes ahead, it'll feature apartments, offices, a hotel, retail spaces, an entertainment centre, restaurants, bars, a BMW showroom, a school and even a cinema.
You'll soon be able to spend the night in a luxurious prison cell
The new laneway hotel will even have its own basement speakeasy.
The 170-room 'voco' hotel will also be home to a lavender field and a mirrored maze.
Donate and you can score tickets to masterclasses, dinners, hampers and three months of bottomless coffee.
After testing the waters with six stores in Queensland, the Japanese chain will open 100 eateries in the next five years.
It'll serve up classic Italian-American-style pizza and is slated to open this summer.
Six new stores will open over the next few weeks.
The Queensland burger bar will soon be slinging its much-loved buns on Chapel Street.
It'll reopen in November with two restaurants, a cocktail bar and three stages for live music.
With new stores expected to open before the end of the year.
Featuring two restaurants helmed by Michelin-starred chefs and a shop stocking luxe local and international delicacies.
The 2000-square-metre food precinct will be part of a new residential development in Melbourne's north.
The revamped space, which dates back to 1924, will be used for festivals, film screenings, concerts and conferences.
It's set to open in 2020 with an in-house bar, restaurant and something called an 'Extreme Wow Suite'.
The 4000-square-metre Sky Garden will be part of a huge new residential complex.
It will sit atop one of the world's most sustainable shopping centres in Burwood East.
Hakiki's distinctive Maras-style ice cream will soon be available at two Melbourne locations.
With over 50 years of collective experience, the group's now planning a neighbourhood-style bar for the city.
The site that previously held The Mercat will be developed to incorporate $70 million of community infrastructure, including 1.5 hectares of public open space.
Modelled on the likes of New York's Chelsea Markets, it'll feature a selection of Melbourne's 25 specialty food retailers.
The soaring residential tower will form part of the Royal Society of Victoria's new science precinct.
The new addition to the Holiday Inn group is set to open on Sydney Road by 2020.
It will include a 2000-square-metre rooftop farm and restaurant, designed by eco-warrior Joost Bakker.
After 50 years in Darlinghurst, Bill & Toni's is heading interstate for the first time.
The $130 million development will feature 250 rooms and a 400-person ballroom.
Featuring 32 luxury suites and a rooftop cloud bar.
They'll closed their hatted Sussex Street restaurant at the end of the year.