Vamos Fitzroy

Vamos was born from the innate desire of four friends Iliana Hernandez (Mexican), Marcela Rodriguez (Colombian), Juan Ignacio Angel (Colombian) and Thomas Norwood (Australian) with diverse backgrounds in hospitality, music, and education, to showcase the best that Latin America and Spain have to offer in terms of food, drinks, live music and fun. After six … Read more

Lorraine’s Sydney

Sydney’s East welcomes Lorraine’s, a European inspired bistro made for lazy afternoons and evenings spent drinking and dining with friends and family. Situated on level one of the iconic Robin Hood Hotel in Waverley, and following its multi-million-dollar renovation, the light filled venue features a stunning glass atrium roof – the perfect space to relax … Read more

Lily Lee Helsinki

Tomi Björck is one of Finland’s best-known chefs and restaurateurs. With ten restaurants and two bakeries already to his name across Finland, Sweden and Australia, Björck with his wife Minka and three other associates embarked on their latest project in Spring 2020. Lily Lee, in the heart of the Finnish capital of Helsinki, offers a … Read more

WELCOME TO STOKEHOUSE CITY

Stokehouse City 7 Alfred Place, Melbourne 3000 (03) 9525 5555 or www.stokehouse.com.au/city Melbourne institution Stokehouse has returned, with the opening of Stokehouse City in the CBD. The new venue is a reincarnation of the original restaurant at St Kilda, sadly lost to fire. It’s an all-in-one location, with fine dining upstairs and a casual bar … Read more

AMBIENT BRINGS THE SOUND TO ST KILDA

Captain Baxter/Republica St Kilda Sea Baths 10-18 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda Vic 3182 www.captainbaxter.com.au and www.republica.net.au St Kilda seaside venues Captain Baxter and Republica have chosen Ambient Technology to supply their restaurant, cafe, balcony, piazza and bar spaces with Outline loudspeakers and amplification. St Kilda has been Melbourne’s beachside playground for over 160 years. It … Read more

NEW HAMPTON BRINGS THE ROCKS TO THE CROSS

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New Hampton

15 Bayswater Rd, Potts Point 2011
(02) 9331 1188 or newhampton.com.au

Built nearly a century ago, the Hampton Court Hotel is one of Sydney’s oldest. Located at the start of the Kings Cross strip, it is ingrained with local history, the most renown of which is the residency of ACDC in the 70s. But as Sydney’s notorious party precinct continues to transform, so does the hotel, bringing a new member to the playground, New Hampton. In spite of the continuing regulatory challenges facing the area, New Hampton opened its doors this March.

“Our intention with this venue from the beginning was to bring ‘The Rocks to The Cross’,” says owner Kieran Coleman. “We love the old Sydney feel of The Rocks, with its cobbled lanes and rich culture, and we wanted to bring that atmosphere into The Cross, which is traditionally known for being a bit more ‘dark and dingy’.”

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FONDA BRINGS LA FIESTA TO FLINDERS

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Fonda Flinders Lane

31 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
(03) 8686 7300 or www.fondamexican.com.au/flinders-lane

A ‘Fonda’ is a Mexican home kitchen selling food to the public.

Following the Mexican wave of success from Chapel Street, Fonda has opened a new restaurant in Flinders Lane. The new location is the third to join the Fonda family of fast and fresh Mexican cuisine.

With a previous string of failed hospitality businesses in the existing space, the design approach for Techné Architects was to break down the large tenancy into more intimate spaces with a greater relationship to the workings of the restaurant.

“The obvious challenge was to transform a large 400 square metre space lacking street presence into a successful restaurant,” says Techné’s Alex Lake.

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