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Tuesday 27 September 2022

Big names pair to create new Melbourne watering hole

Two big names in the hospitality industry are combining to launch a new eatery and drinkery in the Melbourne CBD.

Amphlett House, described as "an elevated taphouse" will be in Melbourne's CBD and will be spearheaded by bar star Andrea Gualdi and chef Ian Curley.

The new venue will open in late October and is located on the corner of Little Bourke Street and Amphlett Lane, close to Longrain, Hochi Mama, Grossi Grill and Grossi Florentino.

The 120-seat venue is being promoted as offering "exceptional drinks and elevated pub classics".

Ovolo creative beverage director Gualdi has curated a drinks menu that features classics and a variety of drinks on tap including craft beers, wines and a selection of handcrafted cocktails using Australian ingredients. 

“My background has been completely focused on cocktail bars, so I am thrilled with this unique opportunity," Gualdi said.

"Our aim is to bring the same level of quality you'd find in Australia's best bars to the drinks offering at Amphlett House.

"We are lucky to have access to some incredibly progressive Australian and international producers, both in the alcoholic and non-alcoholic categories, and we look forward to showcasing quality local produce in a welcoming setting.”

Ovolo culinary director with have support from head chef Ben Green (recently executive chef at multi-site brew bar Gather and Gather in London).

Curley said: “The food concept for Amphlett House will be elevated pub dining, with a classic menu highlighting quality Victorian produce.

"I've loved this part of Melbourne for many years and am looking forward to serving up humble fare with big flavours in the Paris end of town.

"There is nothing pretentious happening here -we welcome you to share a meal with family and friends or grab a quick bite with your better half.”

The taphouse is the latest addition to boutique designer hotel collection Ovolo's portfolio of food and drink offerings.

Amphlett House will sit within designer hotel Laneways By Ovolo, with the launch coinciding with the hotel being reimagined and renamed.


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