Whitehart is a two-storey open container bar nestled at the end of Whitehart Lane in the heart of the city. Built on a converted car park site, Whitehart is set to be one of the most intriguing and in-demand venues of 2017.
Created by husband-and-wife team Stephen Johnson and Sabrina Santucci, the containers sit amongst a large recycled steel frame over two levels in a unique design. “We had been parking in the old car park located at the end of Whitehart Lane for several years and had often thought the car park was an awesome space that was under-utilised; an opportunity waiting to happen,” says Stephen.
In collaboration with local artists Daisylegs, several multistorey visual art installations and wall projections have been created to highlight the urban feel of the venue. “The space is large yet intimate, industrial but green, outdoors yet undercover, you’re in the CBD yet hidden away and the artwork is world class. It’s a totally unique experience, .” says Stephen.
Whitehart shares its name with the white hart (a mature white stag), a legendary majestic creature of folklore. The ancient Celts saw it as a harbinger of doom, the French believed that to harm a white hart meant to be eternally cursed with the pain of unrequited love, and the Scots saw it as a symbol of purity, redemption and good fortune.
In Melbourne, however, Whitehart means only one thing – an all-encompassing gathering space with great music, the finest craft beers and cocktails, boutique wines, a rotation of Melbourne’s favourite food vendors and a kaleidoscopic visual feast of projections and art.
Whitehart Bar, 22 Whitehart Lane, Melbourne
Trevor Perkins previously a chef at Warragul’s critically acclaimed restaurant, ‘Big Spoon Little Spoon,’ has created a concise menu that will speak of, simplicity, seasonality and generosity.
Celebrating artisan butchery while rejoicing the integrity of local Gippsland produce, Hogget will offer the option of 2 – 3 courses, with dishes such as roasted lamb saddle, zucchini, tomato, 8hr smoked short rib, blood plum, pickled sweet peppers or farm fresh apple pie with cream and ice-cream.
Excited about bringing back artisanal cuts of meat, Hogget will feature in- house curing and smoking, house made charcuterie produce and in house butchering of whole bodies of beef, lamb, goat and pork. Flavoursome cuts of beef; sheep and fowl will be lovingly monitored and cooked to perfection over an elemental grill. Open outdoor cooking and cooking over charcoal coals with local wood and selected charcoals will infuse unique and rustic flavours and textures to the meat while providing the heat and the heart of the kitchen.
Thankfully, vegetables will not be assigned to a cameo role, as local and freshly plucked garden produce will play a starring role. Trevor’s mum, Jennie an enthusiastic gardener lauded for the bounty and variety of her kitchen garden, will be suppling fresh veggies and herbs.
Last, but not least, masters of terroir, Bill Downie and Patrick Sullivan, who both have a devoted cult following for their exceptional wines, have created a wine list that reads like an oenophiles love letter to mavericks and masters in the wine industry.
Hogget, 6 Farrington Close, Warragul For bookings please call +61 3 56232211
Open breakfast and lunch daily Dinner Thursday to Sunday, visit www.hogget.com.au for more information.
A part of the newly renovated UNTZ UNTZ nightclub (nee Cheers), HOLY MOLY is on the street level of the two-level venue, which boasts a 24-hour liquor license and serving $5 pizzas by Henry Chan of Lucky Coq and Bimbo Deluxe fame until 3AM daily. COP SHOP, also on street level, will be serving coffee and baking cinnamon, jam and Nutella donuts all (damn) day and is due to go live in April 2017.
With Stage One (UNTZ UNTZ) now in full swing since May last year and already gaining a cult following, Stage Two (HOLY MOLY + COP SHOP) is very close to completion with thanks to interior designer and club veteran Michael Delany and artwork by local and independent artist Billie Justice Thompson.
What to expect at HOLY MOLY:
o $5.00 pizzas (GF and Vegan options available)
o $15.00 Sunday Brunch – Bloody Mary and Pizza of your choice
o Traditional Cocktails + Cocktails on Tap
o Sunday Sessions – ‘Sunday Mass’ from 3pm until late
Holy Moly, 660A Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn 3122