This three-level restaurant is the largest and most ambitious Hellenic Republic restaurant by celebrity chef George Calombaris.
The project began life in early 2013 and, after lengthy redesigning to appease local Council and neighbors, it finally opened its doors in late 2016.
Formally the Hobsons Bay Hotel, the building was in a dishevelled state and had to be almost entirely demolished and rebuilt. The only parts of the building remaining in the new building are the façade and balcony.
The project features a ground floor restaurant of 160 seats with bar, kitchen and services. Level one consists of a smaller bar and an additional 80 seats on the existing balcony, along with a large void that allows light deep into the floor plate of the restaurant and creates an impressive two story void. A rooftop bar, due to be completed by 2018, will have views back onto Melbourne’s city skyline.
With Greek seafood at the heart of the menu, the interiors explore a textured, three-dimensional patchwork of light-toned timber and blues and whites.An abstracted interpretation of the Greek flag is painted onto the walls while timber boxes, referencing cray fishtraps, perform to aid acoustics.
Photography by Peter Bennetts.