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12° & CLOUDY ON THURSDAY 14 NOVEMBER IN MELBOURNE
By Sarah Ward
December 31, 2016
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Fancy Hank's

A two-storey barbecue joint complete with its own rooftop bar.
By Sarah Ward
December 31, 2016
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UPDATE: MARCH 5, 2019 — If you work in the city, mark this down for a free lunch. On Wednesday, March 20, Fancy Hank's will be giving away its famed barbecue sandwiches for nada. The eatery has just started using Martin's Potato Rolls, which are the same ones used by Shake Shack in the US — they're said to be the perfect vessels for Hank's smoked brisket, pulled pork and fried eggplant. Make your choice and get there bang on 12pm — there are only 100 available.

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It's a pretty good time to be a fan of rooftop bars, barbecue or both if you live in Melbourne. The Fancy Hank's BBQ have opened a dedicated, two-storey barbecue joint on Bourke Street — complete with a rooftop bar Good Heavens.

Yep, it's an upstairs/downstairs kind of place, and you can enjoy the former while the Fancy Hank's puts the finishing touches on the latter. The new 100-seat restaurant is basically a bigger, better version of their venue at The Mercat, complete with a two-tonne smoker that had to be brought in through the first-storey window.

They'll need it. Co-owner Michael Patrick says the menu features 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."

Head above, and you'll feel like you're in the heavens — or Good Heavens, as the bar will be called. A whole new concept set to open any day now, it's a casual rooftop bar that's 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), as well as barbecue snacks like spicy southern chicken ribs, chilli nachos and a seared and smoked lamb neck grilled cheese sandwich.

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