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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.
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.
The latest venture from the Fancy Hanks team will boast a rooftop beer garden, Asian-style eats and private karaoke rooms.
Opening in June, the lush space will feature personalised butler service and chef-curated in-room breakfasts.
It's farewelling Fitzroy North by hosting three last weeks of all-you-can-eat meat feasts.
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.