UPDATE AUGUST 31, 2017: The Fancy Hank's team is bringing their barbecue sandwiches to Bourke Street, they'll be giving out 100 of them for free on Monday, September 4 from noon. If you're early (and you'll need to be), you can pick from their new sammie selection, which includes brisket and cheese, smoked link sausage and Buffalo-style fried cauliflower. Only one sandwich per person, folks. If you miss out, they'll be available to order on the lunch menu from Monday onwards.
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.