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By Concrete Playground
March 08, 2020
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New Melbourne Openings to Put in Your Diary

The newbies we're counting the days for.
By Concrete Playground
March 08, 2020
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  • Food & Drink

    Westfield Doncaster Is Getting a $30-Million Rooftop Food Precinct with a DIY Okonomiyaki Joint

    It'll be home to 14 eateries, including an all-pink pretzel shop, a Betty's Burgers, a bubble tea joint and a pizzeria.

  • Food & Drink

    Five of George Calombaris' Made Establishment Restaurants Have Been Sold and Are Set to Reopen

    Since the group entered voluntary administration, two Hellenic Republic sites, two Jimmy Grants stores and Brunswick East's Crofter Dining have been snapped up by new owners.

  • Food & Drink

    Calia Is Moving Its Emporium Store to a New Two-Storey Site with a Cellar Door on Lonsdale Street

    You'll soon be able to head here for wine tastings, Japanese wagyu and bowls of truffle ramen.

  • Food & Drink

    The Team Behind Melbourne's Super-Popular Sunda Is Opening a New CBD Restaurant in 2020

    The food will be inspired by 18th-century trade between Southeast Asia and Australia — so expect lots of smoke, ferments and sea cucumbers.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Melbourne Is Getting a New Hotel Above a Bunnings So You Can Rise and Snag

    A rooftop pool, 183 rooms and easy access to weekend sausage sizzles.

  • Food & Drink

    Indie Beer Label CoConspirators Is Opening a 195-Seater Brunswick Brewpub This Year

    It'll be pouring the label's core beer range, as well as a few exclusive releases.

  • Food & Drink

    Singapore's Michelin-Starred Hawker Chan Will Open Two More Melbourne Outposts

    The Box Hill restaurants will feature new menu items alongside the legendary soya chicken and char siu pork.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Sugar Republic Is Opening Its First Sweets-Themed Retreat in Daylesford

    The rooms will be decked out with private ball pits, free candy and cherry-scented wallpaper.

  • Food & Drink

    Much-Loved Sydney Restaurant Nomad Is Set to Open Its First Melbourne Outpost Next Year

    The Sydney favourite is joining the restaurant ranks in Flinders Lane.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Melbourne's New-Look ACMI Will Have an Installation Dedicated to 'Mad Max'

    More details about the museum's multimillion-dollar makeover have dropped.

  • Food & Drink

    Grazeland Will Be Melbourne's New Permanent Outdoor Dining Precinct

    The Spotswood venue will be home to over 50 food vendors and three licensed bars, and will be open every weekend of the year.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    A $15-Million Multi-Sensory Digital Art Gallery Is Opening in Melbourne

    The Lume will showcase the works of artists like Van Gogh and Da Vinci using moving images, music and smells.

  • Food & Drink

    Canberra's Legendary Coffee Roaster Ona Is Opening Its First Melbourne Cafe

    Featuring an interactive, open-plan coffee bar and a coffee 'reserve list' full of rare beans.

  • Food & Drink

    Acclaimed Chef Andrew McConnell Is Opening a New CBD Restaurant and Cocktail Bar This Summer

    The yet-to-be-name venue will open in Russell Street's heritage Cavendish House early next year.

  • Food & Drink

    Famed Sydney Burger Joint Mary's Is Opening Its First Permanent Melbourne Restaurant

    With its famous beef and vegan burgers, rock 'n' roll vibes and a giant chandelier covered in 24,000 dead roses.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Melbourne Will Soon Be Home to Australia's Largest Video Gaming and Esports Venue

    Opening in 2020, Fortress Melbourne will sprawl over 2700 square metres, complete with two bars, an arena and spaces dedicated to PC gaming, consoles and board games.

  • Food & Drink

    Mornington Peninsula's Jetty Road Brewery Is Opening a Multi-Storey Brewpub in South Melbourne

    The Market Street beer oasis will boast a fully operational microbrewery and a 250-seat restaurant.

  • Food & Drink

    Stomping Ground Is Set To Open a Second Brewery and Pub in Moorabbin

    The Collingwood brewery's next outpost will be part of the historic Morris Moor development.

  • Design & Style

    Melbourne Central Could Be Getting Its Own Open-Air Rooftop Filled with Art and Food Stalls

    The greenery-filled rooftop is part of a dramatic plan to reinvent the precinct by 2021.

  • Food & Drink

    A Pokemon-Inspired Bar Is Popping Up in Australia So You Can Catch 'Em All Over a Cocktail

    The Pokebars will pop up in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane with themed food, cocktails and 'battles'.

  • Design & Style

    Melbourne Is Getting a 2000-Square-Metre Rooftop Farm and Cafe on Top of a City Car Park

    Melbourne Skyfarm will boast a working farm, an education centre and an on-site cafe and bar.

  • Food & Drink

    A Dessert Bar and Urban Cellar Door Are Opening in the CBD's 80 Collins Food Precinct

    They'll open alongside an urban farm by Pastuso's Alejandro Saravia and a Champagne bar by the Eau de Vie team.

  • Food & Drink

    The Eau de Vie Team Is Opening an Opulent New 30s-Style Cocktail and Champagne Bar in the CBD

    Nick & Nora's will have over 400 champagnes — and three separate balconies.

  • Food & Drink

    This New $800 Million CBD Development Will Include a High-End Restaurant Precinct

    80 Collins will feature the highly anticipated new venue from Sepia's Vicki Wild and Martin Benn, and a rooftop restaurant and urban farm from Pastuso's Alejandro Saravia.

  • Design & Style

    The World Heritage-Listed Royal Exhibition Building Is Reopening Its Rooftop Deck

    It'll be open to the public and have 360-degree-views — just like the one it boasted back in the 1880s.

  • Design & Style

    South Yarra Will Soon Be Home to Australia's First Moxy Hotel

    The youth-focused hotel by Marriott International will have 180 suites, a rooftop bar and "furiously fast, free wifi".

  • Food & Drink

    US Bakery Chain Cinnabon Is Bringing Its Sticky Scrolls to Australia

    The first two outposts will open in Queensland later this year, with many more to follow in other states.

  • Travel & Leisure

    South Melbourne Will Soon Be Home to a Six-Storey Designer Ovolo Hotel

    Construction will start in 2019 for a planned 2020 opening date.

  • Travel & Leisure

    MONA's Ambitious Giant Five-Star Hotel Is One Step Closer to Becoming a Reality

    David Walsh's plans for Motown hotel include indoor and outdoor theatres, a giant library and a spa designed by James Turrell.

  • Design & Style

    Melbourne's CBD Could Score a Huge New Precinct with Plant-Filled Rooftops

    The proposed $232 million project would see a new green precinct built between Bourke and Little Collins streets.

  • Food & Drink

    Melbourne Hamburger Haven Huxtaburger Will Open 20 New Stores Across Australia

    It's aiming to open more stores in Vic, WA, the ACT and NSW over the next four years — and has plans to expand across Asia, too.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Australia's First Super-Luxe St Regis Hotel Will Be Built in Melbourne

    The 168-room hotel will be part of the Flinders Bank towers and will open in 2022.

  • Design & Style

    This Garden-Topped Melbourne Skyscraper Could Soon Be Australia's Tallest Building

    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.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Pentridge Prison Site Will Soon Be Home to a 120-Suite Hotel

    You'll soon be able to spend the night in a luxurious prison cell

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Bennetts Lane Will Soon Be Home to a Jazz Era-Inspired Boutique Hotel

    The new laneway hotel will even have its own basement speakeasy.

  • Travel & Leisure

    An Opulent New Hotel and Gin Distillery Is Coming to the Yarra Valley

    The 170-room 'voco' hotel will also be home to a lavender field and a mirrored maze.

  • Food & Drink

    Japan's Much-Loved MOS Burger Is Set to Open More Stores Across Australia

    After testing the waters with six stores in Queensland, the Japanese chain will open 100 eateries in the next five years.

  • Food & Drink

    Melbourne Is Getting a New Riverside Food Precinct Curated by Acclaimed Chef Scott Pickett

    The 2000-square-metre food precinct will be part of a new residential development in Melbourne's north.

  • Design & Style

    W Hotel Is Opening in Melbourne as Part of a Dramatic New CBD Precinct

    It's set to open in 2020 with an in-house bar, restaurant and something called an 'Extreme Wow Suite'.

  • Design & Style

    The Roof of The Glen Shopping Centre Will Be Turned Into an Enormous Sky Garden

    The 4000-square-metre Sky Garden will be part of a huge new residential complex.

  • Design & Style

    The Queen Victoria Market's Community-Focused Munro Development Has Been Given the Go-Ahead

    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.

  • Design & Style

    This Super Slender Melbourne Tower Could Soon Be Australia's Tallest Building

    The soaring residential tower will form part of the Royal Society of Victoria's new science precinct.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Coburg's Getting a Sleek New Design Hotel

    The new addition to the Holiday Inn group is set to open on Sydney Road by 2020.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Melbourne Is Getting an Opulent New Designer Hotel

    Featuring 32 luxury suites and a rooftop cloud bar.

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