Melbourne's north doesn't have enough late-night wine bars serving oversized slices of pizza. At least, that's what Sam Peasnell and business partners Adam Goldblatt and Tom Peasnell think. They're the talented trio behind Preston hotspot Dexter Meat & Buns and they've just opened a casual pizza joint directly across the road.
"There aren't too many places in Preston that are open later and doing drinks so we thought a couple more bars would be nice," says co-owner Sam Peasnell. "It's somewhere for our staff and customers to go after dinner." It's called Takeaway Pizza and it's a concept the boys have wanted to explore for a while now. "Adam [initially] wanted to do pizza at Dexter, but Tommy's plan to do barbecue won so we've sort of been waiting for an opportunity to get back to it."
The way it works is pretty simple: out front is a takeaway pizza joint where you can order 12-inch American-style spicy pizzas through a small window, while inside is a fully stocked cocktail and wine bar. It's the kind of place you can duck in for a quick beer while you wait for your pizza, or roll into for a few kick-ons after a dinner over the road. It's what the boys are describing as a northside take on a southside-style wine bar. "Rather than have an amazing glass of wine with a charcuterie board, you'll be eating it with a spicy slice of pepperoni pizza — we think that's kind of the way the north would do a wine bar," says Sam.
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