MELBOURNE | Green Park Dining is one of our favourite spots for all day dining in Melbourne’s inner north, and when we heard news that it was closing, we were more than a little bit sad. That sadness didn’t last long though, because it’s not actually closing, rather it’s being reborn as Park Street, an all day eatery and pasta bar.
It’s a joint venture between Jesse Gerner and partners Kelly O’Loghlen, Shane Barrett and chefs Andrew Fisk and Russell Hall. Hall has spent the past three years as head chef at Fitzroy’s Añada (owned by Gerner) and will be heading up the revamped kitchen at Park Street. The team have been taking aboard feedback from customers at Green Park and the new venue will reflect this, plus the evolving philosophy of the owners. Think wholesome and flexible dining using premium produce including vegetables grown in Park Street’s own garden.
Expect a space that’s familiar yet different at the same time – Vanessa Gerner is working on the interior and the build is by Donald Russell who worked with the team on the interiors of their other businesses, Bomba, Nómada and Samuel Pepys. They plan to lighten the room with cool white walls set to frame contemporary artwork by Aaron Kinnane. An open kitchen is a significant design change and mirrors, tan leather touches and indoor plants will soften the space.
Green Park’s last service is tonight (August 13), but a coffee cart out the front will ensure that locals can still get their caffeine fix during the refit. Park Street will open in early September, and we’ll be sure to tell you all about it.